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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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