As expected, Jeff Tedford wasn’t prepared to size up his depth chart immediately after Monday’s practice. Training camp came to end with the second and last live practice, and it no doubt went a long way in settling position competitions at cornerback, outside linebacker, defensive end, offensive guard and wide receiver.
But before the Bears can finalize their depth chart, the coaches have to thoroughly review the tape of the practice and then get together as a staff and discuss the situation. That process will go on through Wednesday, and Tedford will announce the depth chart on Thursday.
Actually, depending on whether the media gets to see any team reps during the last 10 minutes of practice, he may not have to announce it. Thursday will be the first regular season practice of the season, and the first and second team will line up in the units that will take the field against UC Davis. Either way, we should have a starting lineup on Thursday.
Other notes from Monday:
- Tedford hinted that wide receiver Tevin Carter may redshirt, after all. Tedford reaffirmed that newcomers Keenan Allen, Coleman Edmond and Kaelin Clay will all play this season, but in the case of Carter, he said “possibly.” Earlier in camp, he included all four wide receivers as players who would play right away.
- Safety Sean Cattouse is back to practicing in full capacity after sitting out a substantial chunk of training camp with a pulled hamstring.
- Nose tackle Derrick Hill also is back after recovering from a case of gout.
The players are off today — sort of. They won’t practice, but they will take part in a “Football Olympics” on the field this afternoon. This is a fun way for the players to celebrate the end of training camp. There will be different “events,” such as offensive and defensive linemen attempting to field punts and receivers and defensive backs playing catch with water balloons.
Tedford is not limiting media access at all today so I should have some fun nuggets to report about later.