Jay Cutler had one pitch on Wednesday at Halas Hall and it will still get some work to get used to apparently.
While the world coming out of Halas Hall the past few weeks has been that the wide receivers have been catching everything in sight, that wasn't the case at the first OTA of the offseason as passes were routinely dropped. Yes, Cutler's fastball arrives with more heat than what the Bears are accustomed to seeing, but it's not like this workout was the first time the team has been around him. If there are push-ups to be done for the drops, the Bears will have a strong group of wide receivers soon.
"It takes a little time to adjust,'' offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. "They know they better get their head around and get their hands up because that ball's going to be there."
Overall, the energy level was high with a lot more excitement than the team had say in March at the mandatory minicamp. Most of Cutler's work was done underneath and he said it was good to work against defensive players. Plenty of national media came in for the unveiling of Cutler and all of the focus was on him.
"No, no, not yet,'' Cutler said when asked if it's his team now. "This is a defensive-kind of run team with Brian [Urlacher] and Lance [Briggs] and some of those guys and Olin [Kreutz] offensively. That's going to come in time. You can't rush things like that. You've got to kind of take things in stride and get guys to trust you and have confidence in you and hopefully by Game 1 they're all behind me."
A few notes:
*** Pisa Tinoisamoa, pictured above watching practice today by the Sun-Times' Al Podgorski, visited with plenty of coaches and players alike during practice before going into meetings with coaches and front office personnel after practice. He will be given a physical during his visit.
*** Josh Beekman worked with the starters at left guard but acknowledged he's in a full-fledged competition with Frank Omiyale for the starting job.
*** Craig Steltz lined up with the starters at free safety and Kevin Payne was next to him at strong safety. Ultimately, Steltz will probably push Payne for the starting job.
*** Brandon Rideau got time with the first team at wide receiver.
*** Undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Woodny Turenne made a couple nice plays on the ball.
*** Israel Idonije is going back to defensive end but with Tommie Harris (knee) and Marcus Harrison (knee) sidelined, he filled in at tackle. Expect Idonije to be able to rotate during the season also.
*** Cornerback Charles Tillman did work on the side as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery in January.
*** Jamar Williams made a nice jumping interception of Caleb Hanie in the middle of the field. It was the catch of the day.
*** We got a good question about linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer's production during the 2007 season earlier and we're going to address it later on this afternoon. Check back for it as well as more. Four Down Territory will be delivered Thursday. Get your questions in.