OK, so this isn’t much of a report. A desk shift prevented me from attending practice this afternoon, but I was told it was just a helmets-only walk-through.
Tomorrow is a big day. It is the second and last live practice of training camp, and really marks the end of training camp. The Bears will have another light walk-through on Tuesday, be off on Wednesday, and then break into scout teams and start preparing for UC Davis on Thursday. Thus, Thursday begins the regular season practice routine, although there will still be practices on Friday and Saturday (Saturday is Fan Appreciation Day).
The coaching staff will use tomorrow’s practice to make final evaluations of players. The positions they likely will be most observing is cornerback, where Darian Hagan, Steve Williams, Bryant Nnabufie and Marc Anthony continue to compete for both spots. They also will be sizing up whether true freshman Dave Wilkerson has done enough to overtake Keith Browner at outside linebacker. Will Ernest Owusu, Trevor Guyton or Deandre Coleman play opposite Cam Jordan at defensive end? Is Keenan Allen really going to be the No. 2 receiver, or will that go to Jeremy Ross? Who are the starting guards, especially with Matt Summers-Gavin sidelined?
It isn’t likely that these decisions will be made immediately after practice, so there may not be news right away. Typically, the coaching staff reviews the tape of practice and then meets to go over all the positions. In fact, there may not be answers until Thursday. Since the players are off on Wednesday, that is the day the coaching staff can best use the time to make personnel determinations. That being said, the coaches may be leaning heavily enough toward one player at a position that tomorrow’s practice could seal things without evaluating the tape.