You didn't have to wait to see the film to know that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is making progress in training camp.
Cutler completed 14-of-18 passes in the ''team'' portion of practice at training camp Thursday night at Olivet Nazarene University. He completed passes to nine receivers -- Earl Bennett (twice), Roy Williams (twice), Johnny Knox (twice), Devin Hester (twice), Matt Forte, Chester Taylor (twice), Dane Sanzenbacher, Kellen Davis and Eddie Williams.
He threw one interception -- a downfield pass that was deflected by wide receiver Sam Hurd and picked off by safety Craig Steltz.
Like many teammates on offense, Cutler said the comfort level in the second season of Mike Martz's offense is making a difference.
''It's Year Two, so it's completely different. It's night and day,'' Cutler said. ''I feel more comfortable with the reads and where I'm going with the ball. It's just a matter of getting the offense line worked out, and giving me and the receivers time.''
Cutler's best play Thursday was a thread-the-needle pass to Devin Hester over the middle that looked like it would have gone for a 46-yard touchdown. Training camp, especially this early, is generally not the place to make judgments. But that dart to Hester was a mid-season-form pass play -- a small, but not insignificant indication of things to come.
''Today was a little bit rough, with the new guys and kind of starting over,'' Cutler said. ''But the last five practices have been extremely sharp. Devin Hester is having an unbelievable - unbelievable - camp. Johnny, Earl. Matt Forte looks great. We have a strong core of guys and we add some of these new guys in there, it should make us better.''
The offensive line will be a big factor in Cutler's success, but he said he was not concerned about the state of flux with the line. Center Olin Kreutz is gone. Roberto Garza currently has moved from right guard to center. And Lance Louis is at right guard. Rookie Gabe Carimi is starting at right tackle.
''Roberto is going to center now. But he's been there. He knows what we want. Lance played a lot for us last year. Gabe has to come along pretty quickly. He's doing really well for us.
''We've got four guys that have been in there and played a significant amount of football for us. We added one new guy at right tackle. But he's a first-round pick, so we're expecting a lot of big things out of him. But those guys, I think they might surprise some people.''