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Football: Training camp report — Aug. 17

By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm in Football, Training camp.

Filed by Ben Enos, filling in for Jonathan

The Bears enjoyed another day of abundant sunshine at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, taking their reps in what Jeff Tedford termed a “light” practice in anticipation of a live day on Wednesday.

In all honesty, it was a fairly quiet day for the Bears, who worked out in helmets, jerseys and shorts. Tedford said there was “nothing significant” to add to the injury report, and added that Shane Vereen and Will Kapp both came out and “did some things” at practice. He added that Vereen, Kapp and Cameron Jordan are all progressing. I counted five players in red jerseys, which is only half of the 10 that were out of practice on Sunday at Monte Vista High.

Two guys who got rid of their red jerseys in favor of their normal white practice uniforms on Tuesday were receivers Alex Lagemann and Michael Calvin. I caught up with Calvin after practice, and the junior wideout was straightforward about what he needs to do to stay healthy.

“It’s feeling a whole lot better. I was just talking about it, it’s amazing what a couple days will do,” Calvin said. “I’ve got to stay on top of my program and try to stay healthy. That’s my main concern.”

In talking to Calvin, you really do get the sense that the injuries are wearing on him. That said, he was clear about the fact that he needs find a way to stay on the field more. 

“I’m fortunate enough to keep getting these chances, so I’ve got to make sure I really stay on top of it this time,” Calvin said.

The portion of practice open to the media was spent mostly on special teams work. One question that emerged concerned Isi Sofele, and whether he would continue to play on special teams if he earned the No. 2 running back role. Tedford said he would, stressing that they’ll play their best guys on special teams (he made mention of Mike Mohamed playing on kickoff coverage).

Wednesday’s practice should be an interesting one, as Tedford said the coaching staff will take a step back and let the players work on game situations.

“We’re going to do a lot of live stuff, a lot of game situations. We’ll put guys at different places on the field and kind of get off the field and let them do their own thing. When we practice, we’re out there on the field with them and if they don’t know what to do when they break the huddle, we tell them what to do.

“Tomorrow, they’ll be on their own out there, so their mistakes are going to be magnified because if they don’t line up right or do the right thing, it could cost us a penalty or a blown assignment. It’s time to let them play a little on their own,” Tedford said.

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