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Tuesday, Aug. 16 practice observations

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The evening got off to such a promising start for the Bears offense.

During one-on-one drills, the Bears quarterbacks were completing bombs to receivers. OK, it was mostly Jay Cutler, who hooked up with Johnny Knox and Dane Sanzenbacher on consecutive plays.

And with the brewing quarterback drama, Caleb Hanie resumed his role as Cutler's backup.

Unfortunately, Hanie had another rough night, throwing three interceptions. Cutler also was intercepted once.

"Tonight, a good job by our defense of taking the ball away. Not good by the offense with the amount of turnovers that we had," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "That happens sometimes when you have two good groups competing against each other."

Here are some highs and lows:


* Tight end Kellen Davis had a big night, making several nice catches during practice. He had one impressive leaping one along the sideline from Cutler.

* Spencer Lanning and Adam Podlesh were booming some punts tonight, during special teams.

* Major Wright picked off a Cutler pass that was deflected.

* Julius Peppers smoked J'Marcus Webb on one rush and seemed to get to Cutler after only four or five steps backward.


* Webb had a rough night, in my opinion. Undrafted rookie Mario Addison got around him once with relative ease.

* Hanie had a rough, rough night. He was picked by Josh Moore, Craig Steltz and Corey Graham.

* Cornerback Zack Bowman, after telling reporters he did not have a concussion, actually has missed two practices BECAUSE of a mild concussion.

* D.J. Moore is a playmaker, and he wants to get more opportunities. But, he muffed a punt return.

PRACTICE BALL GOES TO... Kellen Davis. He looked terrific on the field, under the lights. His blocking has looked good, but he's looked even better as a pass catcher. He knows how to use his length, and he's got excellent speed for his size.

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I don't know about J'Marcus Webb being at left tackle, but, if your gonna get smoked by somebody why not Julius Peppers. Still, I think Tice should switch Webb and rookie Gabe Carimi around. Webb seemed solid at right tackle last season and Carimi might be a better fit on the left side. Carimi was a 1st rounder for a reason, and proved in college he could man the left side while going against some of the NCAA's best pass rushers, I say give him a shot on the left side. Especially while its still early. Bottom line here is simple, Gabe Carimi is the Bears best tackle, he needs to be lining up on Cutlers blind side.

Mario Addison is a rookie defensive end I'm starting to like. Last season at Troy Addison put up 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss, oh yeah, he did this wearing a club on a broken hand! Addison is a hustle guy and scouts like his physical tools. Addison proved at Troy he has the ability to get after the quarterback. Addison was only a 1 year starter at Troy but once he got his shot really took advantage. Maybe this guy can develop into a pretty good edge rusher for the Bears, he'll be one worth keeping an eye on through out camp GO BEARS!!

Kevin I actually have to agree with you, put Carimi on the left side. You can always give him help with a tightend or have a back give a little bump before running a pass route. All this would be better than webb protecting cutlers blind side. Addison does look promising but i really liked Holmes and would like to see him against some #1 and 2 wr. Horn was another who looked good and would like to see him against better competition, why louis and taylor are on still on the team i can't figure out.

It's too early to make a decision on Webb at LT, we'll get some answers for sure on Monday night against the g-men as to his abilities on the left side. I' would not put a lot of emphasis on where a person was drafted on if he can play or not, and with Carmini if he reallly was graded out to be a LT tackle, he would not have been there for the BEARS to grab, I say keep him where he is through the weekend. My concern is in the interior of the line, where the pocket is being collapsed, this would hurt us in the passing game and make Cutler's life miserable this season. Keep an eye on Edwin williams to get in the mix at guard also.

I also look forward to seeing what Kris Adams can do at wideout, and will keep an eye on DeCicco as a back-up to #54 at middle LB this week. Addison's name was caled a lot of the radio feed I got from last week's game, I agree Kevin on this one, I believe he makes the team, I always did love a guy who played the game with a "Club" on you know he's getting after it on every play.

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