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Bears' Shea McClellin learns quickly on first day of camp

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Shea McClellin seemed happy to get back on the field after a whirlwind two weeks since the Bears made him the 19th overall pick of the NFL draft.

''I had to change my [cell phone] number because of all the calls and a lot of people that I didn't want calling me were calling me,'' McClellin said after his first practice of the Bears' rookie mini-camp at Halas Hall. ''Other than that, it's been all right.''

McClellin signed a four-year, $8.2 million contract, with $7.5 million guaranteed, before practice Friday. He said he stayed out of the negotiations and trusted his agents to get the deal done.

''It's good to get it out of the way,'' he said. ''My agents did a great job of getting it done before camp starts.''

McClellin said ''it's pretty easy for me to absorb stuff' and felt good about his first day on the field as a Chicago Bear.

''I think I did good,'' the 6-3, 260-pound defensive end said. ''I just got to keep improving every day.''

Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli worked with McClellin and tryout defensive ends Josue Ortiz of Harvard, Jason Peters of Georgia Tech and Zary Stewart of Morgan State in position drills Friday.

''It's great [working with Marinelli],'' McClellin said. ''He's very knowledgeable. I learned a lot today and I can't wait for the future.''

McClellin lined up mostly at left defensive end in drills Friday, but also right defensive end. He also participated in a punt team drill. But coach Lovie Smith reiterated that McClellin will be strictly an end on defense.

''That's all he'll be playing for us,'' Smith said. ''If you watch practice, I don't think you saw him pass-dropping or anything like that. He had his hand in the dirt, trying to become a better pass rusher and that's what it's all about. You have to be able to get pressure on the quarterback. We feel like we've gotten better with our pass rush by bringing him in."

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''That's all he'll be playing for us,'' Smith said. ''If you watch practice, I don't think you saw him pass-dropping or anything like that. He had his hand in the dirt, trying to become a better pass rusher and that's what it's all about. You have to be able to get pressure on the quarterback. We feel like we've gotten better with our pass rush by bringing him in."

Nope he wasn't dropping into cover on his first day of rookie mini camp. Even though Peppers does it on occasion for the Bears. He was on punt teams though, even though he won't be doing that. So why was he doing it?

I love it when Lovie locks in on an idea it always works out so well for the player.

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