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CB Zack Bowman continues to draw rave reviews

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--Before you know it, the Bears' quarterbacks might start staying away from Zack Bowman.

The cornerback made another big interception in Saturday's night practice, picking off Jay Cutler on a deep route for Devin Hester. Coach Lovie Smith has wound up talking about Bowman after two practices now, and that's always a good sign.

"My big thing is just going out there and being more consistent,'' Bowman said. ``I was backpedaling [on the interception] and I opened up, I saw Devin take off and I saw the ball in the air. I just tried to make the play.''

Bowman was asked about marking Hester that closely that far downfield.

"I'm fast, too, you know,'' Bowman said. ``He's just a little bit faster. I'm always going to be on the top of my game. He said I was lucky. I wasn't lucky. I was on top and I was ready to go.''

*** New tight end Michael Gaines lined up in the backfield some during inside rushing drills. That is something the Bears are considering doing with him and it would provide the team with roster flexibility in the event they only keep one fullback.

*** Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina had his left knee wrapped after coming up limping during individual pass rush drills.

*** Here is how the second team offensive line shaped up:

LT Cody Balogh
LG Frank Omiyale
C Tyler Reed
RG Dan Buenning
RT Kevin Shaffer

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I think you meant 'rave' reviews, not 'race' reviews. :(

CB Zack Bowman continues to draw 'race' reviews..


Ummm...

Correct me if I am wrong...but..

Race reviews?

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I certainly hope you mean "rave reviews".

Hey now the C is right next to the V on the Keyboard, it could happen to anyone. Don't start no online race war. Next thing you know there will be a picket line outside Brads house calling for his head. Besides I have seen and heard much worse in Chicago, anyone remember Blown Slaves? It didn't help coming from a guy named Chip either, way to go Cubs. Not to mention Harry and some of his thoughts on latinos.

What's up with the left guard position? What has Beekman done that he's starting so far? Or is Omilaye just not that good of a guard, as the scouts I read predicted (quick feet but not a road grader, more suited to tackle than guard)?

wah wah wah wah wah typo wah wah... I hate people.

Why can't this site stay with the Bears instead of going into politics and race. Clearly, this should not have even been an issue on this blog.

Brad has done a stellar job on this blog and because of a typo he gets called out. How about giving the guy a break and lets just quit looking for things that should not be a part of this blog, lets focus on the Bears instead of other issues (although important) should not be addressed in our dialogue.

Does anyone think that Zack Bowman is going to win a starting job as a result of his play? Of course with Peanut out for a period of time Zack or Graham should see some action. But will either of these two really supplant the starters at corner? It is great to know that the backups on the Bears at the corners are this good or are they?

"Race" could of easily meant they were going fast (racing). That's what I first thought, a play on words. A lot of people default to the worst of a meaning and get upset over nothing. Let's all just take a deep breath and relax...go Bears!

I'm happy for Zach, but isn't the obvious question 'why is the Bear's star QB getting picked off by a reserve corner back?'. It makes me slightly nervous that the D secondary is getting the rave reviews thus far in camp. I think I'd be more excited if Cutler completed that bomb to Hester.

I have to second Joe's comments. Much ado about nothing! I'm also happy to see Bowman looking good to great because secondary depth is a crucial key to any solid defense. The Bears have certainly had more than their share of injuries to the safeties and corners,so having available subs who do not hurt and could even help is a terrific position to be in.

Cutler = picks. Like #4 in his original green and gold, he has the arm to make some throws he shouldn't. There will some "no he didn't" moments. Hopefully the "yes he did" moments will be more frequent.

It's been a while since I've posted on this board! Congrats to Zach Bowman. He hasn't really accomplished anything yet but he has the ability to be a #1 corner in the NFL. Despite some injuries he sustained while at Nebraska and last year, he has continued to make strides as a player. That says a lot about his talent. Scouts said he could've been a top draft pick if not for the injuries he suffered in college. Now he is starting to show that if healthy, he can be a force in da Bears' secondary.

I have said it here before that Bowman will be our BEST corner in a couple years IF he can stay healthy. Talent wise, he was a steal in the 5th round and would have been a first or early second round pick if not for the injuries. However, I don't think he makes it through week 6 before he's on the IR. Sad especially since the Bears are thin at the position somewhat.

Go Bears and go Bowman!!!

Well good. This could be very good news. If Bowman transfers this success onto the regular season field, then he will open up a whole bunch of opportunities for the Bear's secondary.

I am getting ahead of myself a bit, and maybe a little crazy. But if Bowman and Graham can be the starting 2 corners, then you could actually move Tillman to Free Safety.

Either way though, the D-line will decide the fate of the defense. The Bears will make the playoffs even if the defense is 18th or 19th in the league, but they could be contenders if the defense is top 10.

But back to reality.... It is only the 2nd padded practice, and Bowman has looked good so far. I still look for JAmar Williams to win the starting strongside LB role.

It will be interesting to see who the starter is at Strong side LB, Free safety, NT, both guards, and the WR opposite Hester in teh first pre-season game.


Go Bears!!

The CB position is real deep. Can you believe after Tillman, Vasher and Bowman, we still have Graham and McBride, two guys with starting experience from the last two injury plagued seasons?

I think we all have to be impressed at how Bowman has produced results in the few and short opportunities he has gotten. He appears to be a real live playmaker. When Tillman comes back, and if Bowman keeps it up, it will be interesting to see if the coaches give him the starting job ahead of Vasher, or if they will elect to go with the veteran anyway. You have to find a way to put that kind of talent on the field.

Wouldn't it be exciting to have two bonafide ballhawkes at CB!? 10-15 interceptions and fumbles caused between them. Bowman and Tillman sounds good to me. Go Bears!

"I'm fast, too, you know,'' Bowman said. ``He's just a little bit faster. I'm always going to be on the top of my game. He said I was lucky. I wasn't lucky. I was on top and I was ready to go.''

Wow, I love that confidence and moxie. It goes great together with fantastic playmaking.

LeRoy Bob, calling Bowman a "reserve" CB doesn't really mean anything. You're trying to take away from Bowman's abilities as well as Cutler's by labeling Bowman as a 2nd class backup. The truth is he's young and you or I don't know what he's capable of.

At one point Tom Brady was a "reserve" QB. Gosh, just how did this "reserve" go on and win three superbowls? I just don't get it.

Wow...

When does making a statement about using the wrong word automatically mean someone is bringing in 'politics' and 'race'? It was a statement of correction and not anything else. Geez, you right-wing drones...

Now back to the actual article, I'm glad Bowman is performing well. But the key issue is HEALTH. And that cannnot be judged until he is in actual game speed. With Peanut out and the uncertainty surrounding Vasher, Bowman is going to be needed more now than ever...


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Wow...

When does making a statement about using the wrong word automatically mean someone is bringing in 'politics' and 'race'? It was a statement of correction and not anything else. Geez, you right-wing drones...

Now back to the actual article, I'm glad Bowman is performing well. But the key issue is HEALTH. And that cannnot be judged until he is in actual game speed. With Peanut out and the uncertainty surrounding Vasher, Bowman is going to be needed more now than ever...


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