Chicago Bears Training Camp: Weekend Fun

Bryan DietzlerSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2010

BOURBONNAIS, IL - JULY 30: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears signs autographs after a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30, 2010 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Bears held a training camp practice at Solider Field this past Friday night and thousands of fans were in attendance to see just how far the Bears have progressed.  These events are always fun for the fans and really give them a close up and personal look at the Chicago Bears.

The following includes some highlights from the family night practice along with a full injury report and some observations from the past week.


Injury Update

Chris Harris was back in the lineup on Friday after missing almost every practice with an injury.  In limited action, he looked pretty good but still has some work to do. 
Both tight ends, Kellen Davis and Brandon Manumaleuna, were out on Friday night. 


Passing Fancy

The Bears passing game continues to be quite impressive, and on Friday night Cutler found tight end Greg Olsen several times (eight), making it seem as if the Bears are going to make the tight ends part of their passing game in 2010. 

Hopefully the Bears will be able to take advantage of their tight ends this year and throw the ball to them more often than has been alluded to.  We shall soon see how things work out for them in the offense.

The next hottest receiver in the passing game was wide receiver Johnny Knox.  Cutler threw to his running backs, Matt Forte and Chester Taylor, as well. 

Almost everyone got a decent workout Friday night and fans were excited to see the Bears passing game.  Fans hope that what they saw on the field will translate into success when the season starts.  Let’s hope that happens.

At Sunday’s practice Olsen had another big showing, catching five touchdown passes in drills with Cutler.  Perhaps the tight end isn’t going to be out of this offense after all. 

One other interesting thing was that Cutler didn’t throw a single interception during Friday night’s practice and hasn’t thrown one since last Wednesday.  He did end up throwing one in Sunday’s practice. 


On Guard

The Bears did a little switching up at the guard positions on Friday night, setting Lance Louis at right guard while putting Roberto Garza over at the left guard spot. 

This combination has apparently been pretty popular in training camp and the Bears feel that this could possibly be the combination that they start out with heading into the 2010 season.  Let’s see how this works out for the rest of training camp.


Catch and Release

The Bears released quarterback Mike Teel and signed wide receiver Zeke Markshausen, formerly of the Northwestern Wildcats. 

Teel hasn’t been much of a factor for the Bears during training camp, as he hasn’t seen that much time throwing the ball thanks to a hamstring injury.  If anything, Markshausen gives them some additional depth at the wide receiver position and could give them a candidate to stick on the practice squad and develop over time.