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Cutler, offense look sharp again

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 27, 2013 – 5:29 pm

For the second straight day, Bears coach Marc Trestman was pleased with how Jay Cutler and the offense performed in practice after opening with an interception on the first play of team drills.

“It was almost the same as yesterday,” Trestman said Saturday. “We had the early turnover. We had what I thought was very good execution the way we practiced. We spread the ball around between all our receivers and all our backs. Everybody has chances out there, particularly with the first and second groups. I thought Jay Cutler was sharp, notwithstanding the pick on the first play.”

After being intercepted by Charles Tillman on his first throw, Cutler rebounded to complete passes to Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Michael Bush and Armando Allen, among others. The quarterback’s most impressive completion came when he rifled the ball to Marshall near the left sideline just out of the reach of Lance Briggs.

While Trestman was impressed with Tillman’s interception and forced fumble Saturday from a defensive perspective, he stressed ball security when talking to players and reporters after practice.

“As I told the team, we’ve got to take care of the football offensively,” Trestman said. “It’s never going to get any tougher to take care of the football than it is at our practices with our defense. If we can take care of the football there, we’re going to feel good about taking care of it each and every play. So the No. 1 priority is that when you’re watching practice out here that these guys are putting the ball away and we’re keeping the ball off the ground.”

Racing in and out of the huddle, the Bears continued to practice at such a fast tempo that they finished Saturday’s workout about 13 minutes earlier than scheduled.

“I told the guys we didn’t extend practice because we had the time,” Trestman said. “We didn’t add more plays because we had the time. We’ve got a plan that hopefully will get us through training camp safely and in the kind of football shape and condition we need to play this season. If we can get them off their feet early because they’re getting in and out of the huddle quickly and they’re getting to different phases quickly, that’s just going to help us get off our feet and get more rest.”

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