There aren't plans to get RB P.J. Pope involved right away, but he Bears are gald to have him back on the practice squad. Players are the best evaluators of other players, and it was telling last January when LG Ruben Brown talked about Pope and how impressive he was in preseason when he led the team in rushing.
Pope underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus Aug. 6 in Green Bay, and the Bears brought him in six weeks later. He needs to get back in shape, and running backs coach Tim Spencer said he thought Pope might have been thinking about playing fullback, but he's being looked at as a halfback.
"He did a good job for us and made some plays in games,'' Spencer said. "He’s a smart young talent. We would have liked to have kept him here last year. He would have a year in the system and that would be better.
"He’s starting over from scratch where he is [physically], but in terms of where he is, he pretty much knows what we’re doing. He has good balance and he can catch the ball. He has some of the best hands I have seen from a running back. He picked up the system right away, he’s tough. He does everything right and he’s got some speed."