How did the Bears rookies fare in minicamp?

How did the Bears rookies fare in minicamp?

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The Bears didn't have a first or second round draft this past draft because their first round pick was traded for Jay Cutler last year. In the middle of last season, the Bears traded this year's second round pick for the late Gaines Adams. The Bears first pick of this year's draft was Major Wright, in the third round. With a bunch of mid-to-late round picks, what should we expect? The honest answer is not much. The rookies are going to experience the growing pains of the daily NFL grind. 

In a make or break year, we should expect Lovie Smith and staff to first rely on their veterans to give them the best chance to win. This doesn't mean the rookies won't make much of an impact, it just means that we should be patient. Jerry Angelo has found mid-round gems so its way too early to predict how they'll fare as pros.

Here's a recap of the rookies' first minicamp: 

Major Wright - The Bears are very pleased with the athleticism and physical ability that safety Major Wright has displayed in offseason workouts, including the rookie and full squad minicamps. Beyond that, it's difficult to project how much of an impact he'll make this season because he's still very much in a learning phase right now. It'll definitely be interesting to watch how he develops when the pads come on in training camp and then continuing into the preseason. I think he could start as a rookie, but he'll probably have to beat out Danieal Manning for a spot with the No. 1 defense. - Larry Mayer, Chicago Bears

Corey Wootton - Rookie defensive end Corey Wootton is quick off the ball. He was beating rookie free-agent tackle J'Marcus Webb on several plays with pure speed. -  Neil Hayes, Chicago Sun Times

Mike Tice on J'Marcus Webb - "What he needs to understand is what it takes to get better," Tice said. "What it takes to get better, first and foremost, is to accept coaching. Then he's got to take that coaching, go out and work on his trade." - Michael Wright, ESPN Chicago

Observations on the entire rookie class - This isn't a reason to panic, but I don't recall any rookies really turning any head this weekend. Third-round pick Major Wright was relatively quiet, and I saw cornerback Josh Moore give up a few pass plays but nothing too alarming. I don't recall seeing Corey Wootton much, and Dan LeFevour got very few meaningful snaps. But, I do recall a few nice passes for him. He looks like he might be able to adapt to Martz's offense -- down the road. - Sean Jansen, Chicago Sun Times

Filed under: 4th Phase

Tags: 2010 nfl draft, minicamp, rookies


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  • You say "The Bears didn't have a first or second round draft this past draft because of Jay Cutler." Wrong, the second round pick was traded for Gaines Adams, not Cutler.

  • You're right. My mistake. Oops.

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