As the Bears took the field for their 6th practice of the field, BearsIllustrated was there to cover…
Spring Practice 3/22
In Lineman drills, the offensive linemen went one on one with the defense. The best play of the day was early in the drill, when Lequantum Mcdonald exploded up pushing William Blaylock to the ground. This received a huge ovation from all lineman and spectators watching. Blaylock was not to be outdone as he proceeded to get the next two blocks on Julian Hill and M.T. Robinson nicely. The defensive linemen as a whole had a great day, showing a lot of enthusiasm and making themselves comfortable in the offensive backfield.
After a few quick position drills, the players came together for team play. The offense really struggled at first gaining any yards on a really wired defensive bunch. The coaches and the players were really responding to each other on the defensive side of the ball. The secondary had two interceptions, one from Dwain Crawford and the other from James Todd. As stated earlier, the defensive linemen had enormous success in the battle of trenches. The linebackers were also stout in stopping any quick patterns or screens. The play of Antonio Jones and Paul Howard was really strong in these departments.
Although it sounds like the defense dominated, the offense did have some bright spots. Brandon Whittaker really shined and may have the fastest footwork on the team. Any time he has any room, it can easily turn into six points. He has also really improved his hands in this pass first offense. He has caught nearly everything and then been able to turn up field that same instant to gain positive yards. Jason Smith and Nick Pace also were commended by OC Lee Hays for opening two huge holes for Paul Mosley to get downfield. Shawn Bell hit many quick passes to running backs and slanting receivers and was leading a pretty nice drive at one time. Szymanski still struggled with fumbling and throwing two interceptions, but the guy has playmaking ability by stretching out the field.
-Dominque Ziegler didn't practice today due to class. - San Diego Chargers Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips was at practice today looking on first hand at his son's product. -Today was one of the first glimpses at punt returning and its personnel. Mikaii Baker and Trey Payne were both taking reps at the position.
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