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Aug. 10 practice observations

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The Bears had an eventful practice Wednesday night to say the least.

They did their first game-caliber hitting of training camp with a goal-line drill -- highlighted by, of all people, third-string linebacker Tressor Baptiste, an undrafted rookie who might have moved ahead of undrafted rookie Dom DeCicco into the No. 2 spot behind Brian Urlacher with a jarring hit on Marion Barber that drew a huge response from the crowd but an even bigger response from the players. Hard to believe some teams hit like that all the time in training camp.

Another unsung backup, defensive tackle Tank Tyler made a big play to stop Chester Taylor during the same drill.

But not long after that, practice was interrupted by a power failure that knocked out the lights at the Olivet Nazarene field. The players stayed on the field as Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith, among other Bears honchos, met with ONU officials to try and solve the problem.

After waiting about 40 minutes for ComEd to restore the lights, the players, coaches and team personnel took buses and golf carts to nearby Bradley-Bourbonnais High School - and its FieldTurf surface -- to conclude the practice.

Jay Cutler threw a touchdown pass to Kellen Davis on his first throw of the Bradley-Bourbonnais HS portion of the practice. But it was an uneven night at best from there for Cutler, who, apparently still adjusting to the new environs, was overthrowing receivers.

Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie also was mired in a little difficulty. Hanie threw five interceptions in various forms of practice -- 7-on-7, 11-on-11 and 2-minute drill. The bright side was that backup safety Craig Steltz had two interceptions, Corey Graham had one and two undrafted rookie safeties, Anthony Walters and Winston Venable, had one each.

Rookie Nathan Enderle came in during 7-on-7 to throw a fade to Onrea Jones, but the ball went off Jones' fingertips in the end zone.

Hanie's night wasn't a total loss. He threaded the needle on a long pass to Jones. But a couple of plays later, a pass downfield was tipped by Steltz and nearly intercepted by rookie safety Chris Conte, who dropped a sure pick.

Wide receiver Sam Hurd suffered an ankle injury on a pass play and sat out the last 45 minutes of practice. He had the ankle iced up on a cart on the track surrounding the field, but later had the ice taken off his ankle and walked back onto the field.

Robbie Gould hit field goals of 28 and 38 yards, the latter ending the practice.

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We've been hearing a lot about new starting tight end Kellen Davis, even Mike Martz has been talking him up, which is good. Davis is another player I can't wait to check out during the pre-season. He must have really come on as a blocker, I know when he was younger he didn't really want to block or wasn't as willing. Davis has got the size to move people at 270lbs, again, he must have really come on especially with Chicago trading off former starting tight end Greg Olsen, who was one of the teams most accomplished pass catchers. Davis and free agent pickup Matt Spaeth should help seal the edge a little better than Olsen also, this should help Cutler and the Bears young tackles GO BEARS!!

We will see what we will see. Let's hope we see a Bear team that starts fast and never falters. I would love to see the Bears bury Aaron R. both times they play the Packers. That fiasco at the end of last season when the Bears could have kept them out of the play-off still rankles. Donovan M. at the Vikings should also make the Central Division a bit more interesting, provided some number 4 doesn't decide to come back and bounce him to back-up. Jackson looked decent last night for Seattle and shopuld have a little more security with the Seahawks than he did with the Vikings.

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