Bears receiver Brandon Marshall continued to make impact plays in Thursday’s practice, highlighted by a one-handed 35-yard touchdown reception from Jay Cutler.
Streaking down the left sideline, Marshall plucked the ball out of the air with his left hand, beating cornerback Kelvin Hayden and safety Brandon Hardin. On another play, Marshall caught a low Cutler pass with cornerback Charles Tillman draped all over him.
Other highlights Thursday included receiver Devin Thomas hauling in a Jason Campbell pass deep down the left sideline, defensive end Shea McClellin leaping high to intercept a Campbell screen pass and linebacker Lance Briggs picking off a Cutler pass intended for Marshall.
Second-year defensive tackle Stephen Paea continued to impress, working with the No. 1 defense.
“As you can see he’s been working with the ‘ones’ for a reason,” said coach Lovie Smith. “He’s done some good things; rushing the passer, he can play the nose, he has under-tackle ability at the three technique. He can do a lot of things. In his second year, a high draft pick, he should be ready to make a move.”
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