BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Saturday’s beginning of practices with pads will bring on pass-rush drills and more hitting in run sessions. But the still-forming new 3-4 scheme turned in more than a few impact plays on day two of Training Camp ’15:
Jarvis Jenkins was something of a practice newsmaker with his dust-ups with Jordan Mills and Kyle Long but others made impact plays even without pads and the option of following through on hits. David Bass, a surprise pickup last offseason, would have been registered a sack with a speed move to get around right tackle Michael Ola… . Will Sutton wasn’t sure through the offseason whether he’d be staying at nose tackle or just what, and coaches are getting him out of the middle and into areas where his quickness can come into play...
Jeremiah Ratliff is showing why he was a Pro Bowl’er at nose tackle, getting across the offensive line to stuff a Matt Forte run… . Cornelius Washington, one of the ’14 defensive ends expected to be part of the linebacker mix, has been solid playing one of the end positions, strong against the run and delivering a second simulated sack in two days.
Pernell McPhee continued to stand out, beating right tackle Jordan Mills with a combination pass-rush move with a mix of speed and power. McPhee was in Jay Cutler’s face with a later rush, forcing Cutler to throw off his back foot, which Cutler did with a flair, completing a throw to Alshon Jeffery...
Lamarr Houston, still coming back from his torn ACL of last season, was able to take some snaps in 7-on-7… . Mason Foster, competing for one of the inside-linebacker spots, flashed through a gap to blow up a running play and earn a high-bump from Will Sutton, who was strong at the point of attack. Foster also was credited with a difficult pass breakup on a Jimmy Clausen throw toward Mark Mariani.
Cornerback Alan Ball went head-to-head repeatedly with Alshon Jeffery, winning a couple and forcing Jeffery to make a superb one-handed grab for a completion from Jay Cutler… . Sherrick McManis, making a serious challenge for the starting cornerback spot opposite Kyle Fuller, got a strong break on a Jay Cutler pass but was a split-second late and Martellus Bennett was able to make the catch for a 22-yard gain...
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Tim Jennings was back at practice and getting work in a number of spots. His best opportunity may lie as the No. 3 corner, working in nickel packages, but he’s not sure he likes the job description “nickel back.” “You can call me a ‘cornerback,’” Jennings said, smiling. “With the defense we’ll be running now, it fits well to what I’m trying to do, what they’ll want me to do. Have guys on the outside that contribute well, get the right guys in place. I played a little bit [of nickel] last year, but I’m looking forward to playing more this year.”