At 9 a.m. they got things going here. It was a good turnout by the fans as usual. There are 43 new players on the camp roster who weren't here last year. The Bears have made every effort to get better. The defensive line needed to be retooled, so the Bears went all out there signing three free agents and using two high draft picks on defensive linemen. Those additions alone have the Bears optimistic about their chances of being a better team.
"We're very excited. That's how we're going to use this time to gel. Work together. Build relationships," says DJ Williams, Bears linebacker.
"We're loaded with talent and depth in our defense. So whoever's down the next guy's coming up," says Stephen Paea, Bears defensive tackle.
Offensively the Bears know they'll be strong with the weapons they have and a stable line. They feel in year two of this system with the same eleven starters, the same offensive coordinator and the same head coach that they can refine their playbook and be more productive than they were last year.
"We all know after evaluating ourselves in the offseason that we left a ton of plays on the field because of execution. Because of assignments. Because of technique and fundamentals. Guys went to work at that. They know they can get better," says Marc Trestman, Bears Coach.
The Bears are scheduled to practice here at 9 a.m. again Saturday and Sunday. There is a threat of rain that could be a factor.
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