The Bears are committed to running the football but even with four-fifths of a good 2013 offensive line back together after an injury riddled 2014, the offense has not been able to consistently pop running plays against a defensive front that has been surprisingly strong in its early camp days as a 3-4.
“[The linemen are] competing and we try and stress that when we get into pads,” said coach John Fox. “It’s only our second day but I like the way they are going about it. We’ve got a lot of work ahead but they’ve taken advantage of the two opportunities they’ve had… . We’ve had them all offseason and they’ve had plenty of chances to digest what we are doing, how we do it and who they are doing it next to. We just have to build on that now that we are in full uniform.”
Kyle Long delivered one of the blocks of the day by locking onto and driving linebacker Shea McClellin completely out of an inside-run play… . Jordan Mills struggled with two outstanding pass rushes from linebacker/end David Bass but turned in some solid pass protection in “team” sessions deep in the red zone… .
Matt Slauson continues to be one of the camp standouts, taking on a bull rush by Ego Ferguson and bringing the second-year tackle to a complete stop.
Behind starter Matt Forte the competition is intriguing and projects to involve special teams before final decisions come down. Senorise Perry has not made many noteworthy plays with the football but is on kick coverage, while Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford, the latter with some good special teams in his college background, are still figuring it all out.
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Carey, who couldn’t get on the field much last year in part because of shortcomings in pass protection, had a solid blitz pickup on Sunday after what appeared to be a missed assignment earlier.
Langford has grasped the importance of pass protection and “I feel like when you’ve been in the league for three or four years that’s something you’ve always got to improve on because linebackers are getting better,” Langford said. “That’s something I’ve got to improve on and that’s something that every day you’ve got to improve on.”