Bears rookies impressing, getting work with ones in OTAs

Bears rookies impressing, getting work with ones in OTAs
June 3, 2014, 5:15 pm
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We noted after the first open OTA session that rookie Brock Vereen was showing eye-catching quickness in coverage for a safety and was matched up, successfully, against wide receivers working from the slot. Vereen was at free safety with the No. 1 defensive unit on Tuesday; that represents little little more than preliminary depth-charting, but with Chris Conte out following shoulder surgery, the 2014 fourth-rounder is making an impression alongside projected starting strong safety Ryan Mundy...

Jeremiah Ratliff was absent from Tuesday’s OTA (they’re voluntary) and it was third-rounder Will Sutton lining up at three-technique with the No. 1 defense. Sutton is 6-feet, considerably shorter than Ratliff’s 6-foot-4 frame, but the Bears selected him out of Arizona State for his speed and ability to penetrate using leverage...

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Right tackle Jordan Mills was forced out of the Week 17 Green Bay game after one series with a broken bone in his foot, which required surgery. Mills was back in his customary spot on Tuesday and was generally full-go.

“Sometimes it has a little soreness here and there but that comes with the territory,” Mills said. “You’re going to have those days when it’s not feeling good, but I feel great and have a great bunch of people around me, working me hard to be better than I was last year”...

Eben Britton continues to get time at left guard with Matt Slauson recuperating from minor shoulder surgery...

The Bears lost receiver/returner Domenik Hixon to a season-ending torn ACL but have signed two more wideouts with returner experience.

Armanti Edwards is a former college quarterback from Appalachian State who was a third-round pick of Carolina in 2010 and played for the Panthers and Cleveland Browns last season. Edwards has six career catches for 131 yards and also has returned kicks.

Michael Spurlock has played with seven different teams, last year with Detroit, over a seven-year career and has returned five kicks for touchdowns.

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