Jul 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Training Camp: Notes From Day 3 Of Practice

Sunday marked the first time this season that the Chicago Bears put on pads for practice. Sunday was the third practice of training camp for the Bears and begins a week of preparations for Family Night at Soldier Field this Friday.

Here are notes from Sunday’s practice.

After being sidelined for Saturday’s practice, Bears’ starting cornerback Tim Jennings returned to practice on Sunday.

For the third straight day of practice, linebacker Shea McClellin made an impressive play.

McClellin is entering an important season with the Bears. This will be McClellin’s first season as a linebacker with the Bears and may be his last opportunity with the team. McClellin has struggled as a defensive end with the Bears and has been showing signs of life as a linebacker during practices this summer. McClellin is in competition to be the Bears’ middle linebacker this season.

  • Long-Snapping Issues 

The Chicago Bears’ long-snapper has typically gone unnoticed in training camp. Patrick Mannelly perfected the craft of long-snapping with the Bears and there never was an issue with his performance. Mannelly, however, retired this summer leaving the Bears in a competition for the long-snapper spot.

So far, the competition has not been pretty.

If the long-snapping is being discussed then there is a problem.

  • Pat O’Donnell Shining In Camp 

When a team uses a draft selection on a punter, then it is implied that said punter possesses an excellent skill-set. That has been the case in the early portions of training camp for Bears’ rookie punter Pat O’Donnell.

Adam Podlesh struggled last season in his punting duties with the Bears and that is why he is no longer with the team. O’Donnell, barring injury, should be the Bears’ punter this season.

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