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.
- Tim Jennings Returns For Practice
After being sidelined for Saturday’s practice, Bears’ starting cornerback Tim Jennings returned to practice on Sunday.
- Shea McClellin Continues Impress At Linebacker
For the third straight day of practice, linebacker Shea McClellin made an impressive play.
Good McClellin blitz, near sack in base personnel #BearsTalk
— John Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin) July 27, 2014
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.
I’ve seen more bad snaps in the last 3 days than I did in the last 15 years.
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) July 27, 2014
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.
Early #Bears camp cult hero: Rookie Punter Pat O’Donnell. Been kicking the snot out of the ball. Fans start chanting when he takes the field
— Laurence Holmes (@LaurenceWHolmes) July 27, 2014
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.