On the first play of the Bears' "team" drill (11-on-11) on the first day of practice in Bourbonnais, quarterback Jay Cutler rolled out on a bootleg and missed connections with Brandon Marshall, who was covered by Tim Jennings.
''Finish the play, Marshall. Finish the play,'' a fan yelled from the stands at Olivet Nazarene's practice field. ''You've been dropping them all day.''
Whether he had been or not doesn't matter. It's the first day of practice. That play doesn't mean Marshall can't catch or Cutler can't throw or Jennings is going to have a great season. If there was anything definitive to get out of that play it was that the Bears ran a bootleg for Jay Cutler.
''We're going to try to do a bunch of football plays,'' said Bears quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. ''Hopefully we're going to do a number of football plays that our guys are good at.''
The first day of practice at an NFL training camp is an awkward exercise. So much attention for something that means little unless somebody gets hurt. Kahll Bell and Alshon Jeffery had fumbles; Jeffery, the second-round draft pick from South Carolina, had some nice catches; but none was better than a catch undrafted rookie Joe Anderson made.
Matt Forte had a big run up the middle, but longshot running back Armando Allen looked even faster on an impressive run of his own; D.J. Moore and Charles Tillman had interceptions; Julius Peppers blew by Gabe Carimi on one play; Marshall made good catches and had two ''drops.'' Other than running a bootleg, Cutler looked like Cutler.
It's one of those days where Lovie Smith's can say a whole lot of nothing and be right on target.
''It's hard to say who looked good. I think everyone was about where they should be the first day out here,'' Smith said. ''We have a long ways to go, but a little bit of time before we play. Lot of good competition. One more day without pads tomorrow and then we'll really have an opportunity to see exactly where we are as a football team.''
Even then we won't be able to tell much. But until further notice, as long as the Bears keep running ''football plays'' for Cutler, Marshall and other playmakers, there will be something to watch in Bourbonnais.