Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake is extremely pleased
with how second-round draft pick Alshon Jeffery has
performed during the first two weeks of training camp.
"He's exceeded the expectations I've had for him so far in
practice," Drake said. "Does he need to continue to work
and get better? No question; we all do as a group. We're
trying to set a standard and reach for perfection. That's
what we want. But I've been very pleased with him, very
pleased with him in the classroom. Every aspect of his game
I've been very excited about."
On the unofficial depth chart the Bears released this week,
Jeffery is listed second behind Devin Hester at one
receiver position with Brandon Marshall starting ahead of
Earl Bennett at the other.
Drake insists that it won't be difficult to get Jeffery
quality reps with so much depth at the position.
"He's going to be out there," Drake said. "We're going to
have a four- or five-man rotation. You have to put those
guys in there. Devin Hester's going to be doing a lot
of work on the returns and it's good to have a guy like
Alshon Jeffery that you can put in there. Not only is it
good for Alshon Jeffery, it's good for Devin Hester. So
there's not going to be any problems getting him in the
game. He'll be in there a lot, no doubt."
Frey continues to impress in camp
Posted: 8/8/2012 4:24:00 PM
After leading the nation with 21 pass breakups last season
at Nevada, Bears rookie cornerback Isaiah Frey has
continued to show his ball skills throughout his first
NFL training camp.
The sixth-round pick has broken up passes on a regular
basis and made an impressive interception in a recent
workout, deflecting the ball away from a receiver before
snatching it out of the air.
"Coach [Lovie] Smith stresses turnovers and getting any
type of turnover during practice is a good thing," Frey
The 5-11, 190-pounder is excited about playing in his first
NFL game Thursday night when the Bears open the preseason
by hosting the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field.
"It's just a dream come true," Frey said. "It's something
I've been dreaming about ever since I was little. Just
going out there and putting the uniform on is a blessing."
Frey and seventh-round pick Greg McCoy are both listed
third on the depth chart at cornerback behind starters
Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings and second-stringers
Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite. The Bears bolstered the
position during the offseason by signing both Hayden and
"Any NFL team you go to, they're going to be loaded at
cornerback," Frey said. "There's a lot of talent in the
league, so you're going to have to come out and compete
Tice eager to test young players
Posted: 8/8/2012 2:05:00 PM
All eyes no doubt will be on Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall
and the rest of the No. 1 offense Thursday night when the
Bears open the preseason by hosting the Denver Broncos at
But first-year offensive coordinator Mike Tice is
especially interested in seeing how the team's unproven
players perform in a game situation.
"Really the big evaluation is going to happen for the young
guys and for the guys that are pushing to make the active
roster as opposed to the practice squad starting with the
games," Tice said.
"I want the first team to be clean when they are in there,
[but] they're only going to be in there a handful of plays.
With the second-teamers, we are looking for guys who want
to show us that they deserve a shot to push somebody out,
so we'll see. They're going to get plenty of plays. We'll
see how they do and grade it like a regular-season game and
go from there."
The competition figures to be intense at wide receiver,
where Eric Weems appears to be assured of making the 53-man
roster along with Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Earl
Bennett and Alshon Jeffery. That means Rashied Davis, Dane
Sanzenbacher and others could be battling for a sixth spot.
"Eric Weems is a great special teams player and before he
tweaked his ankle was doing a lot of really good stuff for
us in the passing game," Tice said. "After that, anything
"I think it all comes down to special teams play and how
guys shine or don't in the games on special teams and what
their role is going to be. That is for coach [Lovie] Smith
to make that decision, not Mike Tice. We're just going to
go out and play offense and put these guys in situations to
see how they handle it.