Observations from Bears training camp

Observations from Bears training camp
August 6, 2013, 8:15 pm
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There were a couple of interesting observations to take in from Bears training camp Tuesday afternoon:

-The most intriguing aspect was the wrinkle thrown in by defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. In the middle of practice, we saw Tucker using his interior lineman in a "stand up" position instead of the traditional 4-3 alignment by placing their hands on the ground. By doing so it creates confusion on the offensive line when trying to make the proper calls.

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-We saw Henry Melton move around and force the offense to guess where he was going to be at the snap of the ball. It's an interesting concept because guys like Melton and Corey Wootton are so athletic that it forces the opponent to study more than one concept on tape. Also, the alignment allows the defensive lineman to drop into coverage while replacing him in the rush with a linebacker.

-Rookie defensive end Cornelius Washington has shown great flashes of quickness as an edge rusher.

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-There are a lot of very good, young unknown receivers that can develop into NFL-caliber wideouts if they're given the time and opportunity, similar to the chance Joe Anderson had last season. It will be interesting to see who gets the last two spots, assuming the Bears only keep five on the roster. My guess is that Anderson will get the No. 4 spot.

-The shuffle on the offensive line will almost certainly pay dividends during the season. Guys are playing in different spots meaning if they get inserted into a game at the last second there will be some familiarity at whichever spot they play. The only constant has been Roberto Garza at center.