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Chicago Bears Day 10 Summary: Two-minute mess

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After a strong start to practice, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler staggered to the end.

In 11 on 11, Cutler was picked off twice in four plays, once by cornerback Zack Bowman and once by safety Chris Harris. Then, during the two-minute drill, Cutler was just two of six, and the offense settled for a 43-yard field goal.

And with backup Caleb Hanie taking the night off, rookie Dan LeFevour didn't fare a whole lot better, although he didn't get much help from his receivers. LeFevour was four of seven but threw a nice pass into the right side of the end zone. But former Northwestern receiver Zeke Markshausen, who had a full step on a defender, flat dropped the ball.

Here are some other observations and notes from the evening practice:

* Cutler was three-for-six in a red zone drill, with two touchdowns to Rashied Davis and one to running back Matt Forte. In a later drill, starting from the defense's 25-yard line, Cutler was six-for-six with a touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu.

* Tight end Kellen Davis made the catch of the night, leaping into the air to bring down a high pass from Cutler toward the right sideline.

* Devin Hester fielded some punts.

* Johnny Knox, Greg Olsen and Hanie were given the night off. But tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is day to day with a knee injury... again.

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Just curious, Sean, but on the Cutler interceptions, what was the reasons? With Knox and Olsen not playing,Wwere the receivers where they were supposed to be? Considering the Martz "throwing to a spot approach" the receivers have a bigger influence on interceptions, as someone previously stated. I'm not asking to justify Cutler being picked off. Just curious.

Good to see Rashied Davis getting some looks. I feel like he's taken a lot of unmerited hate from the fans due to some bad plays a couple years ago and has been held back by the old offensive coaches some to appease the fans regardless of his abilities. He's been a huge contributor on special teams and hopefully he makes the most of a 2nd chance at receiver.

A bit scary to hear of all these interceptions by Cutler, but I'd rather him go into the season knowing that he can't just chuck it wherever and get away with it. Good to see the defense creating turnovers too, hopefully they can turn more of those into touchdowns this season. Have they allowed the defense to play through the turnover's during practice and try to get TD's? It sounds like the offense better be ready to react...

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