Jay Cutler was walking unaided at practice Monday, even detouring over to visit with former teammate and fullback Jason McKie and being involved in preparations for the Green Bay Packers.
Those preparations began in earnest behind quarterback Josh McCown, and those most intimately involved in the passing of the 34-year-old veteran were clearly interested in making McCown a winner.
“The biggest thing for us is to continue to get reps with him and develop that chemistry,” said wide receiver Earl Bennett. “We know what kind of quarterback he is, we want to make plays for him and we’re excited.”
“It’s a different speed on the ball but that honestly doesn’t affect us. We’re pros and we adjust. And he’s got a pretty good zip on it, too. He can get it to you, definitely; he’s got a nice ball.
“We can win with him.”
The rhythm of practice was decidedly uptempo, not an insignificant mindset given the magnitude of injuries on offense (Cutler) and defense (Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman).
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“We executed very well today,” coach Marc Trestman said. “And the ball was not on the ground. The guys caught everything. There was good focus. Didn’t run a lot of plays — ran about 25-to-30 plays today. I thought it went very smoothly with him in there.”
Whether it does go smoothly in Green Bay or not, Cutler is still not expected back sooner than the four weeks forecast immediately after he suffered the torn groin in Washington.
“I don’t know that he is trying to push it,” Trestman said. “I think we’ve got to stay in line with what the doctors have said and if it’s better than that we would certainly be happy about that. He is not doing anything that the doctors wouldn’t have him do. He’s not overextending himself.”