The Bears completed their first week of training camp today with a helmets-only practice following back-to-back days in full pads. Coach Jeff Tedford said it was a “big mental day,” as the team went over situations in differnet phases of the game.
As far as a one-week progress report, Tedford said “We still have a lot of work to do but I’m happy with the progress that we are making.”
The Bears will come back with their first double-day session of training camp Saturday, going in full pads in the morning and shells in the afternoon. Then the players will have their first day off of camp, and the coaches will hold a personnel meeting.
In that meeting, the coaches will discuss players and their evaulations of them, and we may see more defined roles in terms of reps next week. Nothing will be decided in terms of depth chart or which true freshman are playing, but they may decide which players should start getting more reps because they feel they will contribute this season.
That will probably be most important with the running backs. So far, the coaches are really spreading around the reps to several different tailbacks. It will be interesting to see if it is condensed next week.
Tedford admitted it’s been hard getting all the running backs enough reps. “We have to crank that up next week,” he said.
Tight end Spencer Ladner participated in practice today, but he is still not cleared to go 100 percent (he was able to do more because it was a helmets-only practice). Tedford said he still has more rehabbing to do.
Tedford was asked about freshman wide receiver Maurice Harris, and whether cousin Keenan Allen was serving as a mentor to him. Tedford said the entire receiving corps is helping all the younger players. He went on to say that Harris is showing up so far.
“Maurice is doing a good job,” Tedford said. “He’s picking things up and making few mental mistakes, which is really good to see. He’s catching a lot of balls out here. He’s getting a lot of reps.”