Quarterback Jay Cutler looked sharp in 7-on-7 drills in the Bears’ first training camp practice Thursday, completing 11 of 12 passes to six different receivers.
But first-year coordinator Mike Tice wasn’t pleased with how the offense performed overall after witnessing two fumbles, a false start and two botched exchanges between the center and quarterback.
“Can’t put the ball on the ground. Cannot put the ball on the ground. And can’t jump offside,” Tice told reporters. “I know it’s the first day and we’re working a lot of things on the line of scrimmage, but we’re also coming off an offseason of a bunch of practices and a bunch of times that we did it and we did it right. We can’t come out the first day and look like we never did it before.
“We’re not going to put up with that. We’re going to have a higher bar than that. We’re going to set the ceiling a lot higher than that. So we’ve got to get that cleaned up right away. We’ve got to stay up when we’re downfield running routes. We’ve got to do things a little bit better at times. But I thought the energy was good and the focus was great.”
In 7-on-7 drills, Cutler completed three passes apiece to receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Kellen Davis, two to receiver Devin Hester and one each to receiver Earl Bennett and running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush. The defense, however, outplayed the offense in 11-on-11 team work.
“I think they had a better 7-on-7 than they did team,” Tice said. “I think everybody got excited in team trying to make an impression. I thought we were a little bit off in team. But it’s the first day. I know the guys after being around them for several months. They all want to do well.”
Tice singled out Hester for doing “some nice things” in the practice. Running back Kahlil Bell and rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery both fumbled. J’Marcus Webb opened practice with the starting unit at left tackle, but shared first-team reps with Chris Williams.
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