Rookies need to make good first impressions. It’s part of getting a job. Some did on Friday at the Bears’ first day of rookie minicamp. Other were impressed.
Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson didn’t really have words for the first feelings of being in an NFL uniform. “To be able to actually be in this Chicago Bear uniform,” he said, “I can’t even describe it.”
Running back Ka’Deem Carey admitted that he put on his Bears helmet for the first time and went for a look in the mirror to see how a real NFL helmet actually looked on him.
“I saw that big ol’ ‘C’ on my helmet, and I didn’t know what to do,” Carey said, laughing. “I just felt like I made it, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do. It felt great, though.
Meanwhile, punter Pat O’Donnell began his Bears career putting ball after ball into the roof of the Walter Payton Center. Former punter Adam Podlesh hit the roof occasionally; the majority of O’Donnell’s launches hit it.
The Payton Center roof is 85 feet high.
“Pat’s obviously got a very strong leg,” said coach Marc Trestman. “He’s very athletic. You see his size out there. He’s a big man. If you have a good punter, that’s one play that can mean a lot; it changes field position. When you can directionally punt at this level and do it consistently and do it with height as well as length, that creates an advantage field-position-wise.”