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Frey continues to make impact plays

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 9:00 pm

If an MVP trophy was awarded for Bears training camp, Isaiah Frey would be a leading candidate.

As he has done consistently since the team arrived in Bourbonnais, the first-year cornerback made another big play in Sunday’s practice, intercepting a deflected Jay Cutler pass in a red-zone drill.

Seemingly the favorite to replace injured veteran Kelvin Hayden as the Bears’ nickel back this season, Frey excelled in Friday night’s preseason opener against the Panthers as well.

“I thought he had a good performance,” said coach Marc Trestman. “Obviously we would like to see it continue again and it continued out here today. He made a couple of very good plays out here today in practice as the nickel back. We’re excited. We need him.

“We need the competition there. We’ve lost Kelvin and we need some guys to pick it up. I think that over the 12 practices we’ve had and the preseason game, Isaiah is in the mix and he’s fighting for a job on this team as a nickel back and as a special teams player certainly.”

After being selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Nevada, Frey spent his entire rookie season on the team’s practice squad. A year later, he’s impressing new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker with his attitude and play-making ability.

“He’s not playing cautious,” Tucker said. “He’s looking to make plays. He’s doing what he’s coached to do. That’s what you’re looking for out of young players. He’s a great young man, and we’re just really excited about the progress he’s been making out here on a day-to-day basis.”


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Offense rebounds from sluggish start

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 8:02 pm

When he was picked off by Zack Bowman Sunday, it marked the third time in 12 training camp practices that Jay Cutler has thrown an interception on the first play of team drills.

“I think what we’re going to do tomorrow is we’ll start with the ‘twos’ and run the ball three times,” joked coach Marc Trestman. “Then we can get on with the regular part of practice.”

Cutler also threw an interception on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage in Friday night’s preseason opener before rebounding to complete 6 of 7 passes for 56 yards. He also bounced back Sunday, throwing touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett on back-to-back plays in a red-zone drill.

“I don’t think it’s a concern,” Trestman said about the interceptions on the first play. “It is kind of odd. I don’t know that any of us have ever experienced that.

“It’s not a bad thing to fight back from failing on the first play of the game. We had that happen the other night and Jay showed he kept his poise. He had great demeanor throughout the game, through the time he was in there and he didn’t let it affect him. That’s a good sign; that’s something positive.

“We’re trying to draw positives out of it and that would be the positive that again today I thought the guys came back and made it a highly competitive practice.”

After a day off Saturday, the entire offense looked sluggish at the start of Sunday’s practice, which was attended by 15,000 fans, an all-time record for Bourbonnais by more than 3,000 people.

“It was a slow start offensively,” Trestman said. “We’re learning how to recover from adversity, no doubt about it, because I think practice picked up after the individual period. I thought offensively it was sluggish and then it got really competitive and there was an ebb and flow to practice.

“We worked hard running the ball against our cover-two and did well with that. We had a long third-and-long period. I think you saw a lot of really good awkward catches by our receiving corps.”


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Mannelly’s injury nothing to sneeze at

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 7:40 pm

Two days after a rib injury he sustained while covering a punt forced him to exit the Bears’ preseason opener, veteran long-snapper Patrick Mannelly was feeling much better.

“It’s a little sore, but I’m all right,” Mannelly said Sunday after arriving at the team’s dining facility in Bourbonnais on a bicycle. “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’ve seen other people with them and they can’t laugh, can’t move, can’t sneeze. I haven’t sneezed yet, but I can laugh OK and everything’s all right.”

Although Mannelly sat out practice a few hours after the Bears signed rookie long-snapper Brandon Hartson Sunday, the 16-year veteran said that he expects to be ready to play in the Sept. 8 season opener.

“Yeah, I plan on it,” said Mannelly, who has appeared in a franchise-record 231 games since being selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 draft out of Duke.

Mannelly was injured when he was blindsided by Panthers safety Colin Jones on Joe Adams’ 23-yard punt return midway through the first quarter of the Bears’ 24-17 loss. The 38-year-old blamed himself for having “poor field awareness” on the play.

“I’ve been hit like that four or five or six times and it was not the shot that hurt but it was the pain afterwards that hurt the most,” Mannelly said. “Normally when you get hit like that, you kind of laugh because everybody is going to laugh at you on tape. So I started laughing and then when I got up I felt the pain in my ribs and it was, uh oh, something’s wrong.”


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Wilson needs to be more consistent

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 6:30 pm

Receiver Marquess Wilson produced the longest play from scrimmage in the Bears’ preseason opener Friday night, catching a pass across the middle and turning into a 58-yard gain.

But to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, the rookie seventh-round pick from Washington State must become more consistent with his play on special teams.

“He’s shown he can do it and then he’ll fall off and then we’ll have to pick him up again,” coach Marc Trestman said Sunday after practice. “He’s got to understand it’s so important for him to be a special teams player for us if he becomes a fourth or fifth wide receiver and he is competing to be a fourth or fifth wide receiver.

“You can see what Joe Anderson and Eric Weems do for us. That’s part of the job for a receiver that is not one of the top three. He’s got to be an active special teams player and give us the kind of play that Joe and Eric give us on special teams at this point.”

Wilson, who did not play on special teams at Washington State, has taken reps at gunner on the punt coverage team as well as on the kickoff return squad this summer.

“He’s just starting to understand the importance [of special teams],” Trestman said. “I have seen him out there and when he’s active and when he’s focused he shows that he has the ability to do it.

“He’s a young player. He’s probably never done it before, but he’s got to recognize how important it is because of where he would be on the roster presently to make special teams a priority as all the guys who are looking for roster spots who are not starters. We talk about that every day and I think it’s become clearer to him now and I think we’re going to see more because he’s shown flashes of it in practice.”


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Bears sign safety Derrick Martin

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 11, 2013 – 3:04 pm

Eight days after losing veteran nickel back Kelvin Hayden to a season-ending hamstring injury, the Bears on Sunday bolstered their secondary by signing safety Derrick Martin to a one-year contract.

A two-time Super Bowl champion, Martin has appeared in 66 games with four starts over seven NFL seasons with the Ravens (2006-08), Packers (2009-10), Giants (2011) and Patriots (2012). He has recorded 37 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Martin was chosen by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2006 draft out of Wyoming. The 5-10, 198-pounder won Super Bowl rings in back-to-back seasons with the Packers (2010) and Giants (2011). He signed with the Patriots last Oct. 31 and appeared in five of New England’s final eight games, registering five tackles and one sack.

To make room on the roster for Martin, the Bears waived first-year safety Cyhl Quarles.


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