Remember all that talk about Mike Martz not using tight ends?
Well, ask any of the 26,000 fans at Soldier Field Friday night if Greg Olsen and company were a prominent part of the offense during the open practice.
While Kellen Davis and Brandon Manumaleuna were sidelined, Olsen and Desmond Clark made several highlight catches, most of them at least 15 yards down the field.
"I like what the tight ends are doing," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Greg Olsen has had a [good] camp."
Olsen plucked a ball near Pisa Tinoisamoa's shoulders on the sideline, and he also caught a laser from quarterback Jay Cutler, who was flushed out of the pocket and toward the right sideline. Olsen made the catch, got his feet in bounds, all with linebacker Lance Briggs on his back.
Desmond Clark also made a nice catch, barely hauling in a long pass that backup quarteback Caleb Hanie threw a little too far in front of the veteran.
But overall, especially when it was 11-on-11, the defense seemed to get the better of the offense. Part of that may have been the switch of longtime starting right guard Roberto Garza to left guard. Lance Louis, a seventh-round pick last year, got the start at right guard.
(For exclusive comments from Louis, Garza and offensive line coach Mike Tice, check out my story. http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2574840,CST-SPT-bearnt07.article)
Previously, Johan Asiata and Josh Beekman had been competing at left guard, with Louis primarily taking snaps behind Garza at right guard.
In other news: Rookie safety Major Wright did some running on the sideline Friday night, and he said he's inching closer to returning.
"I'll be back soon," Wright said.
* Veteran safety Chris Harris returned to the lineup.
* Safety Josh Bullocks has been sidelined the last two days with a quad injury.
* Smith said tight end Kellen Davis missed Sunday with tightness in his back, while tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is having some trouble with his knee.
* Receiver Devin Hester was in uniform, but he didn't finish practice.
"Everything is good," an upbeat Hester said as he left the field Friday night.