Chicago Bears head coach John Fox has looked forward to the first padded practice of training camp ever since the team reported to Bourbonnais earlier this week, and he finally got his wish Saturday as the team donned shoulder pads for their workout.
Here’s some of the highlights from Day Three of camp:
— Will Sutton, the team’s third round draft pick from 2014, is looking to fill a new role as the team shifts to a 3-4 defense, and even though he was limited with an ankle tweak during the practice Saturday, Fox insisted that his growing pains are not a unique struggle.
“Everybody’s working real hard to earn a spot, not just Will Sutton,” he said. “Football is football and a football player is a football player. We’ll evaluate him like everyone else. Everyone is making a transition. We’re putting in new schemes. The challenge is great but the prize is great.”
— First round draft pick Kevin White, who was placed on the PUP list before training camp started with a shin injury, was around the team on Saturday in shorts and a jersey, but he didn’t participate in any on-field work. Fox did address White’s status after practice, saying that he is still working on his fitness as camp progresses.
“It’s fair to say that he’s doing (cardio),” he said. “He’s making progress.”
— Marquess Wilson, whose 2014 season was derailed by a collarbone injury he sustained during training camp, looks like he hasn’t missed a beat this summer. His footwork has been excellent in drills so far, and he made a couple of spectacular catches on Saturday, including a deep ball that he out-jumped Sherrick McManis to grab.
— Another player that looked good on the field was Pernell McPhee, who was brought in by the Bears to help the transition into the 3-4 defense. He was explosive off the snap during drills Saturday, and he displayed solid hand technique and fluid footwork.