Jay Cutler threw interceptions on the first and last plays in team drills but otherwise performed well during the Bears’ first training camp practice Friday in Bourbonnais.
Safety Chris Conte picked off a deflected Cutler pass on the first snap, but the quarterback rebounded to connect with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte, among others.
“Chris Conte made a heck of a play in the back end and got the defense off to a fast start,” said coach Marc Trestman. “In between, I thought the offense picked it up. There was a lot of good execution out there. We spread the ball around to our guys. We intended to do that today. We got off to a good start. I thought Jay was extremely sharp throughout the middle portions of practice.”
Asked if he saw any difference in Cutler’s footwork, Trestman said: “I thought he was really on rhythm today. It’s a process throughout training camp we continue to work on. He got the ball out of his hand on time. You can’t configure the pass rush [in a non-contact practice], so it’s not quite the same as it’s going to be on Sunday [when players wear pads]. But he’s doing everything he has to do. Until you look at the tape, you don’t know. But I thought he had a very good day.”
Trestman was not pleased with false starts by offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod, James Brown and Jordan Mills. After each infraction, the coach skipped ahead to the next play.
“The penalty is not on the player; the penalty is on the team,” Trestman said. “Everybody loses a rep and they feel that. Nobody wants to lose a rep out in practice, so there’s an accountability factor within that. So if you see a guy jump offsides, we generally just move on to the next play because that’s what’s going to happen in a game.”
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