Ran down some final thoughts on training camp in the paper today. There is only so much space in the print edition and with 79 players on the roster, well, plenty of tidbits were left out. We'll take a look at some impressions on some other players here:
Devin Aromashodu: Wide receiver flashed some ability at times during camp but the Bears have a catch-22 when it comes to getting him action with the first team in preseason. They're only doing so much with three-wide packages and building chemistry between Jay Cutler and starters Devin Hester and Earl Bennett is much more important.
Cody Balogh: Undrafted free agent from Montana last season is bigger and stronger than he was a year ago, and he's fit in well. He's got a good opportunity to get some solid game tape moving forward but with the addition of Kevin Shaffer he might be ticketed for a return to the practice squad.
Josh Beekman: Would be remiss in not mentioning that the arrow is pointing up for him. Probably projects as a center though because of his size.
Earl Bennett: Quietly had a solid camp. We'll see how that translates.
Alex Brown: The focus is on Tommie Harris and Mark Anderson returning to form but Brown might be better with Rod Marinelli on board. He did well rushing on Orlando Pace in camp.
Desmond Clark: Guy gets craftier as he gets older and still is smooth enough to run the seam route.
Rashied Davis: Got more work with the ones over the final week of camp.
Marcus Freeman: Will be looking for him in the second half on Saturday night. Didn't see a lot in training camp but it takes time for rookies to fit in, even on the practice field.
Jarron Gilbert: Veterans said that Gilbert showed some ability to become an impact player one day but he's still raw. We'll see what that means for him in terms of contributing as a rookie.
Corey Graham: If the cornerbacks come back healthy and there isn't a spot for him on defense, he ought to be a mainstay on special teams.
Marcus Harrison: Wouldn't be surprising to see him get action with the ones vs. the Giants. The defense needs him to provide a consistent interior push.
Hunter Hillenmeyer: Went mostly unnoticed but he played well at Buffalo and might be in a better position now that he's back in the middle.
Johnny Knox: Did not look interested in going across the middle where the big boys are in the Buffalo game. Keep an eye on that.
Lance Louis: Was worked a lot at left tackle but I am convinced that was out of need. You don't see any left tackles in the league that are 6-3. He's athletic but will have to find a home inside at guard.
Kevin Malast: Might have been the second most impressive rookie in camp after safety Al Afalava. Yes, it's far too early to make a prediction but if he continues to produce and can find a spot on special teams, the linebacker might just find a spot on the roster.
Henry Melton: As athletic as advertised but this project might take some time.
D.J. Moore: As one coach said, the smaller cornerback is learning how to work. He's always going to have to work against being listed at 5-9 (generous listing?).
Frank Omiyale: Did pretty well vs. Tommie Harris in one-on-one drills this past week.
Orlando Pace: Want to see more of him vs. Osi Umenyiora. This will be a good test.
Brandon Rideau: See Devin Aromashodu.
Garrett Wolfe: Challenge will be to get him the ball in open space. Been waiting a while to see that. He did get a fair number of screen passes in camp.
The great thing is we should have more storylines after Saturday night. Plenty more. It was a good summer at Olivet Nazarene University, and as usual the hospitality was top notch.