Emptying out the notebook for everything that is leftover from Wednesday's opening OTA:
*** If there was one undrafted college free agent that stood out now that the veterans are in the mix it was Louisville cornerback Woodny Turenne. By no stretch is it going to be easy for Turenne to make the final 53-man roster, and basing any odds after one OTA is impossible, but he made some plays. Turenne made a nice move to jump in front of a Caleb Hanie pass intended for Juaquin Iglesias and pick it off. He also had some plays on the ball.
With the long hair coming out of the back of his helmet, he looks like Al Harris running around out there. That can't be a bad thing. Turenne has good size at 6-1, 182 pounds, and he's shown decent speed and most importantly instincts. There are eight cornerbacks on the roster, although that number drops to seven with Corey Graham now at free safety. The Bears are going to kick the tires on veteran Rod Hood, who will be at practice today, a workout closed to media. Adding Hood makes sense because he be a third veteran corner.
Turenne was a junior college transfer and played well at times in school, suffering a broken clavicle at the end of last season. He was not invited to the combine and didn't have a particularly good pro day so that dropped him to the undrafted ranks where the Bears scooped him up as a free agent. The key for him moving forward will be to continue to show up every opportunity he gets. If he can prove to have some worth on special teams, even better.
*** If we didn't mention it Wednesday, looks like the Zack Bowman to safety movement has ended. He was back at left cornerback filling in for Charles Tillman (shoulder). With Graham going to safety it's fair to assume Bowman will remain at cornerback.
*** Here is how the second team offensive line stacked up--LT Cody Balogh, LG Frank Omiyale, C Tyler Reed, RG Dan Buenning, RT Kevin Shaffer. Buenning worked in practice as a backup center for most of the second half of last season. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner has suggested he'll be in position to compete with Roberto Garza at right guard. The Bears have expressed their confidence in Garza however.
*** Jay Cutler assessed his group of wide receivers:
"With Devin [Hester] and Earl [Bennett] and Rashied [Davis] and our tight end group and the way Matt [Forte] catches the ball, I think we've got more than enough. Maybe add a little bit of depth with some of the younger guys and Brandon Rideau. Some of those guys have got to step up a little bit, so it's going to be fun. It's going to be good competition out there of guys going out there and battling a little bit and trying to make a spot. Any time you get competition, it's a good thing."
It's not a bad thing for Rideau, who got some time with the first team, that the quarterback is mentioning his name. At 6-3, he's two inches taller than any other possibilities on the roster.
*** After today's OTA, players will be off for the holiday weekend and then next week. Workouts resume June 1.
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