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McClellin does it all in first padded practice

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McClellin does it all in first padded practice

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. Shea McClellin already is starting to look a little like Julius Peppers. The rookie No. 1 pick has settled on the same shoe model as the perennial All-Pro.

If you want to be the best, youve got to dress like the best, McClellin said, laughing. Hes a good leader and I look up to him and Izzy so when theyre out there, Im watching them and trying to learn from them.

McClellins learning curve accelerated upwards on Saturday night as the Bears practiced in full uniform and pads for the first time. McClellin acquitted himself well in one-on-one pass rush drills, then delivered two pass breakups in live team sessions, the latter coming deep downfield as he was dropped from his defensive end spot into coverage.

I should have caught that second one, he lamented. Had my hands close and got a finger on it.

The play was perhaps more remarkable because coaches loaded the rookie up with work at both and right and left ends with the No. 2 defense, his first time with the 2s, in addition to his full load with the No. 3 unit.

When we get pads on, the coaches want to see how physical and what we can do when were tired, McClellin said.

McClellin was thoroughly handled by reserve tight end Kyle Adams in an early run play. He showed good speed in getting an edge on left tackle JMarcus Webb in one pass-protection rep; he read a play-action fake by Jay Cutler and brought pressure to force the play; and he worked well on both the right and the left side against tackles James Brown and Chris Williams.

Exactly how he grades out, however, will have to wait until Sunday.

I havent had a chance to watch the video yet, said coach Lovie Smith. Well get a chance to evaluate him and go from there. But our play is to have him part of our rotation.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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