Bears' practice plan: Go to play No. 2

Bears' practice plan: Go to play No. 2
July 27, 2013, 2:45 pm
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For the second straight practice, Jay Cutler’s first pass of the day was intercepted and it has coach Marc Trestman considering some tongue-in-cheek a change in the lineup of plays for full-team sessions.

It was Chris Conte picking off Cutler throw No. 1 on Friday. It was Charles Tillman making a diving interception of Cutler’s opening pass.

“We’ve elected to not to have the first play of the practice,” Trestman joked. “We’ll start with play two tomorrow because we’ve had two picks, two tremendous picks the first two days of practice. Charles made a great pick today, so that was really good.”

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Not lost in the moment was the fact that Tillman at 32 is among the core defensive players cited as aging and nearing the end by some reports over the past several years. His boss isn’t seeing it.

“I haven’t been around [Tillman] that long,” Trestman said, “but if that play today at the start of practice was any evidence of anything but a guy who continues to play at a high level, I don’t know what (is).”

It’s working

Among coach Marc Trestman’s suggestions for ways to build relationships among teammates has been one of just having lunch with someone different and get to know them. Tight end Martellus Bennett, one of the newcomers in 2013, is walking the walk (he talks the talk anyway).

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“Yeah, I eat lunch with somebody different every day throughout the whole building, organization,” Bennett said. “I pretty much sit down and talk to anybody.”

Which has given him great insight into the qualities of…well…somebody. “I’m probably the most interesting person on the team,” he deadpanned.