Chicago Bears OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis
The rookies got their chance to get on the field and show the coaching staff what they can do in rookie minicamp. Shortly after, they were blended in with the veterans as OTAs kicked off.
This really serves as a chance to see what the first year players are made of and how this team will begin to gel together. Head coach Marc Trestman has the tough task of blending the groups in an effort to get the Bears back into the playoffs.
Here is the latest news from OTAs and analysis on what has happened so far.
Pat O'Donnell Is the Man
You don't draft a punter and then not fully commit to him. The Bears have full confidence in sixth-round pick Pat O'Donnell.
On May 18, the Bears released punter Drew Butler. He was initially brought in back in December to compete at punter.
Tress Way is still on the roster, but it's clear after the first round of minicamps and OTAs that the Bears feel very comfortable going forward with a rookie as their punter. Way will likely be cut at some point in training camp.
Lynch Might Be Better Than Expected
Jordan Lynch was a star quarterback at Northern Illinois, but he also proved to be a very prolific runner. The Heisman finalist racked up over 3,500 yards on the ground with 42 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
The Bears signed Lynch as an undrafted free agent and decided to try him out at running back. So far, Lynch has shown the awareness and ability to play the position.
If Lynch wants to make this team, he's going to have to do the little things like block and play special teams.
He's already impressed special teams coach Joe DeCamillis with his athleticism and openness to learn. Lynch will have to leap over second-year back Michael Ford to make this roster.
Ka'Deem Carey Is the Real Deal
When the Bears were looking for a backup in the draft, they wanted a smart instinctual player who could make an impact when Matt Forte came out the game.
Rookie Ka'Deem Carey looks like he shares those characteristics. He's already impressed offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer with his instincts and ability to get up the field.
The team has to be confident in what they see so far from Carey. Last season's backup Michael Bush only rushed the ball 63 times. It was a career low in attempts for Bush.
Carey still needs to work on the little nuisances that come with being an NFL running back. Blocking and speed are two big ones. He's already showing the flashes that made him Arizona's all-time leader in rushing yards (4,239) rushing touchdowns (48) and all-purpose yards (5,483).
Trestman Is Looking to Change the Culture
Marc Trestman has a year under his belt now as head coach in the NFL. He seems to be taking a more aggressive approach this offseason in an effort to change the tides and get the Bears back in the postseason.
Trestman realizes he needs to build on last season's success on offense. Rookie quarterback David Fales used words like "chaos, bring the rage [and] intense" when describing his first experience with Trestman, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com.
There are new veteran assistant coaches on defense tapped with the task of getting the unit back to respectability.
Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni has to blend two rookie defensive tackles in with some stud defensive ends, and linebackers coach Reggie Herring has to find a way to get the most out of Shea McClellin and Jon Bostic.
Trestman wants this whole team to come together quickly. He even moved all the lockers around before the start of the offseason program. They are no longer separated by position. Offensive and defensive players are now next to each other to build unity.
Brandon Marshall Is on Cloud 9
Is there anybody living it up better than Brandon Marshall right now? Fresh off his appearance on ABC's The View where he signed his three-year, $30 million extension, Marshall has been everywhere.
Marshall has been on SportsCenter recently talking about his new deal and foundation for mental health awareness. It has been a whirlwind tour for Marshall, and he's had a big smile on his face throughout it all.
In a press conference announcing the deal, Marshall praised the Bears organization and head coach Marc Trestman. He called Trestman the "best in the business" and had nothing but great things to say about the position Trestman has put him in to succeed.
Marshall has his sights set on putting up Hall of Fame numbers. He has set career goals going forward and named Hall of Fame receiver Chris Carter and his accomplishments as a barometer he'd like to eclipse.
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