Bourbonnais, IL — Practice field one was where the Bears spent most of their time on a quiet Friday afternoon in a practice that was closed to the public. Only a handful of us in the media and a few VIPs were on hand to watch.
New running backs David Montgomery and Mike Davis were getting their first introduction to Bourbonnais. Matt Nagy is looking forward to seeing what they can do once the pads go on this weekend.
“For me going into the start of this camp that running back position for me is what I’m probably most excited to see,” Nagy told reporters after the practice.
Chuck Pagano will use each of the workouts in Bourbonnais to build a stronger bond with his defense and hope that cornerstones like Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack stay injury-free.
Mitch Trubisky went through drills and showed off his foot quickness.
No one at camp will be under more pressure than the two kickers are Elliot Fry and Eddy Pineiro. Pineiro seems to have the right attitude going into camp to handle that pressure.
“Last year in Florida we had the worst kicking in the NCAA and I came in and I did my thing and I kind of feel like it’s the same situation kind of here,” said Pineiro. “They’ve had kicking struggles and I’m just trying to step in and do my job.”
“Obviously the microscope is on them (the kickers) and us because of what happened last year,” said Nagy. “They get it. We’re going to always do all that we can to make sure that whatever we’re doing we’re giving our team every opportunity to have the best kicker for the Chicago Bears for 2019.”
In his year-plus with the Bears Nagy has emphasized it’s always about the team, not individuals, so he was asked what he thought of Tarik Cohen’s grand camp entry Thursday in a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler and whether or not he’d spoken to Cohen about it.
“We talked a little bit,” said Nagy. “Not pleased?, pressed a reporter with a follow-up.
“Umm…I plead the fifth,” said Nagy putting an end to that topic.
The one negative at practice Friday was rookie receiver Riley Ridley injured a hamstring and he couldn’t finish the session.
The Bears will be back on the field at 8:15 Saturday morning. The public is welcome to attend that practice.