Practices without linemen or anyone else in pads don’t often result in conclusive evidence on players. But the Bears saw things last weekend that gave them cause for an early feel-good regarding their eight-player draft class, their nine undrafted signings in addition to several impressive players just in for workouts.
“We liked what we saw in terms of effort, attitude, hustle, paying attention, and guys making plays at their relative positions,” Bears GM Phil Emery said Monday. “That we felt good about.”
Emery was in-studio Monday morning with “The Mully and “Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670 The Score.
Teams rarely talk down what they saw in their classes of young players coming in. But part of the reason for the positive impression last weekend was that the competition level was heightened over walk-through’s and lighter sessions with veterans, which are now in process.
“It is a little bit more physical than OTA’s,” Emery said. “I think the NFL understands that you have to take a look, plus you have all those tryout guys, so you go a little faster, a little harder, get a little better feel.”