BOURBONNAIS – The practices were not in pads so the hitting was nothing like it will be on Sunday when the first padded practice is scheduled. But a number of notable plays were made by young players the Bears hope will develop from GM Phil Emery’s drafts.
Wide receiver Marquess Wilson delivered two solid receptions against tight coverage, advancing his bid to secure the spot as No. 3 wideout. Wilson was the Bears’ seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft after a highly productive run at Washington State.
Defensive end Cornelius Washington, who was unable to produce in opportunities last season after the Bears chose him in the sixth round, batted down a pass in “team” work on Friday.
One day into practices the Bears started roster-tweaking, signing veteran center/guard Dylan Gandy to a one-year contract and waiving defensive end Jamil Merrell, an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers where he was a teammate of linebacker Khaseem Greene.
The 6-3, 295-pound Gandy has appeared in 120 games with 19 starts over eight seasons with Indianapolis (2005-07) and Detroit (2009-13). Gandy has played at both center and guard during his career and has contributed on special teams including on kickoff return and field goal units for Detroit last season. He has appeared in at least 15 contests seven times during his career, including all 16 games on five occasions. In 2013, he appeared in 15 games for Detroit, mostly on special teams.