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Bears defense gets first three INTs of camp in practice No. 5

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Bears defense gets first three INTs of camp in practice No. 5

BOURBONNAIS — Takeaways are the lifeblood of defenses, and part of the attraction to the 3-4 as being implemented by the Bears is the element of pressure it brings, ideally resulting in forcing the offense into turnovers.

But through four practices — two in pads, two without — the Bears’ defense was interception-less and had taken away one fumble. That changed on Monday with defenses coming away with three interceptions, the first of camp.

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The positive for the Bears overall lay in that none of them were committed by the No. 1 offense. But the trend line for an aggressive defense was positive.

Cornerback Al Louis-Jean picked of a Jimmy Clausen pass while safeties Anthony Jefferson and Sherrod Martin each intercepted rookie Shane Carden.

Antrel Rolle locked up in coverage on tight end Martellus Bennett, but Bennett worked free enough for Jay Cutler to get a throw in and Bennett turned it into a touchdown with a tumbling grab. Cornerback Sherrick McManis and safety Brock Vereen were victimized by wideout Marquess Wilson on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Cutler.

[MORE BEARS: Defense intent on instilling 'fear' into opponents]

Kyle Fuller took on Bennett and delivered a pass breakup in the end zone. Cornerback Alan Ball was bothered by a foot injury through the offseason, had some discomfort on Sunday and was kept out of practice on Monday.

Defensive line

The mix-and-match continues along the front and with different iterations and pairings. Rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman was a force in the interior, driving center Will Montgomery back into the backfield to disrupt one run play. Terry Williams, a 6-foot, 329-pound undrafted rookie out of East Carolina, was back at practice after a recovery day and was explosive. Williams went with a bull rush that drove guard Conor Boffeli backwards in the dummy situated to simulate the quarterback.

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The play of the day may have come from backup defensive lineman Brandon Dunn, who shot an interior gap and hit rookie Jeremy Langford almost as soon as the back took the handoff. Cornelius Washington had a sack for the fifth straight day and added a pass bat-down.

Linebacker

Mason Foster is getting reps with different units and continuing to display quickness getting into gaps vs. running plays. Shea McClellin, who has called signals in the defensive huddle, got leverage against guard Kyle Long on a running play, forcing Long to make an apparent good-natured tackle of him to keep McClellin from getting to the play. McClellin also timed his rush on a blitz perfectly, was into the A gap with striking speed, and only a quick reaction by Montgomery prevented McClellin from reaching Cutler.

David Bass went around tackle Michael Ola almost without being touched in a pass-run but was stopped much more effectively by tackle Jordan Mills, whom Bass beat cleanly on several occasions Sunday.

Saints DE Cam Jordan really wants to hit Chase Daniel, but swears it's out of love

Saints DE Cam Jordan really wants to hit Chase Daniel, but swears it's out of love

All signs this week have pointed to Mitch Trubisky returning for the Bears’ Week 7 matchup against New Orleans, which should be exciting news for Chicago fans (right?).

Cam Jordan and the Saints defense, for their part, won’t be happy to see Mitch under center, but maaaaybe not for the reason you’d think. In an appearance on NFL Total Access this afternoon, Jordan was asked by Lindsay Rhodes what the difference between facing Trubisky and backup QB Chase Daniel is for New Orleans, and he laid out a pretty compelling case for preferring Daniel:

 

“I’ve been meaning to hit Chase ever since I got to the league,” Jordan said. “I’ve already hit Mitch.”

Jordan was quick to clarify that he “love[s] Chase” from his days sharing a locker room with him in New Orleans early in each of their careers. Daniel backed up Drew Brees from 2010-2012, overlapping with Jordan’s rookie and sophomore seasons (2011-2012). 

“He brought so much juice to our locker room when he was here,” Jordan continued. “I can’t wait for a chance to hit him. That’s how I show love to my friends.”

Daniel took the rib in stride, tweeting out a light-hearted response to the clip of Jordan a few hours later:


Jordan responded to that by saying he has "nothing but admiration" for Daniel and implored him to be the Brett Favre to his Michael Strahan. (Favre, you'll remember, famously crumpled in a heap at the feet of Strahan in Week 17 of the 2001 season, with Strahan needing only one sack to break the single-season record. That record of 22.5 sacks still stands to this day.) Chicago fans would certainly sign on for Daniel granting Jordan's wish, in the event of a blowout Bears victory.  

Whether it’s Trubisky or Daniel leading the Bears’ huddles on Sunday, though, the Saints defense will prove a formidable matchup, and Jordan is a big reason why. The four-time Pro Bowler has already racked up five sacks (tied for eighth in the NFL) and nine quarterback hits six games into the season.

Optimistically, the hope is Jordan never gets the chance to set his sights on any Bears quarterback this Sunday. Unrealistic? Definitely. But one can dream.

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

The Bears are getting good news on their injury report, but the Saints definitely are not.

While it sounds like Mitchell Trubisky will return for the Bears, the Saints will be missing both of their backfield starters for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Quarterback Drew Brees was already known to miss the game, but now running back Alvin Kamara is officially listed as out with an ankle injury. Kamara had 11 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions for 35 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at Jacksonville, but won’t take on the Bears.

The 24-year-old has 373 rushing yards and 276 receiving yards this season.

Latavius Murray is expected to fill in for Kamara as the starter. Murray has the same 4.3 yards per carry average as Kamara so far this season.

Brees has been out since injuring his thumb in a Week 2 loss at the Rams. Teddy Bridgewater has gone 4-0 as the starting quarterback, but won’t have the threat of Kamara behind him on Sunday.

On top of that, starting tight end Jared Cook is also out with an ankle injury. Cook has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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