After a day off Monday, the refreshed Bears had another eventful practice on a hot, muggy afternoon at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.
Generally, you have to take their word for it when they say they're making progress. But it's a little easier to see with the naked eye this season. Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake called it the most competitive camp he's seen in his nine years with the Bears. Charles Tillman vs. Brandon Marshall alone is all the proof he needs.
The defense continued to make strides since getting dominated Friday in the first practice with pads. Tillman and Tim Jennings each intercepted Jay Cutler in the 11-on-11 drill as the offense struggled as much as it has in camp. He did make his share of good plays, including a perfect touch pass to Matt Forte on a wheel route for a 25-yard gain.
The offense did show well in a virtually live short-yardage/goal line drill. Cutler threw a touchdown pass to Marshall in the corner of the end zone. And Kahlil Bell provided the highlight of the day, leaping over the middle of the line to reach the end zone.
Rookie Shea McClellin seemed to have another tough day, having most of his pass-rushing success against reserves. Most of the Bears' offensive linemen looked good in one-on-one drills with the defensive linemen. But that's without having looked at the film.
Defensive tackle Brian Price had a tough introduction in his Bears debut. Price looked like a guy seeing his first action of training camp, getting flattened vs. the second-team in his first snap of camp and not making an impact after that. He jumped offsides in the one-on-one drill. It's early, though.
J'Marcus Webb played with the first team at left tackle and did well until the two-minute drill. Offensive coordinator Mike Tice said Webb had his best practice of camp Tuesday.