The Bears will break camp after three weeks at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais following a walkthrough practice Wednesday that is not open to the public or the media.
“We’ve had great fan support,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’ve had great weather. We’ve been able to operate each and every day to the max and execute the plan of what we wanted to get accomplished in training camp: moving people around, getting our offense installed, having to go up against a terrific defense each and every day, seeing our young players develop; a lot of good things.”
When asked to specify what he’s seen in training camp to indicate that the Bears will be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Bengals, Trestman pointed to the performance of veteran players on both sides of the ball, the veteran defense and the growth of young players.
The Bears coach mentioned eight players by name: veterans Roberto Garza, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, and rookies Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene, Jordan Mills, Cornelius Washington and C.J. Wilson.
Trestman is especially encouraged by how players have learned the new offense.
“I think their focus has been very good,” he said. “We played the whole game last week [in Carolina] without, offensively, a pre-snap penalty in the noise and silent count and multiple-snap counts, so that’s a positive thing. But just the work ethic of the team I think was built. We’ve got a chance to have a real strong backbone.
“It won’t be the same team as it was last year, but we think it can be better. We’re working to be better and that’s a good thing. That’s all we’ve tried to do each and every day. The players have cooperated. We’re excited to get back to Soldier Field. I’m sure a lot of us are excited to get back home and see our families.”
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