Originally written on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 7/29/12

The Bears wrapped up their second day in pads and fourth practice overall in Bourbannais on Sunday afternoon in front of another enthusiastic crowd.

Julius Peppers participated in individual drills but received a veteran's day off during seven on seven and 11 on 11 action.

On the day the offense did not execute very well in the passing game but there seemed to be a strong emphasis on the running game.  The competition for the third RB spot is fierce as Armando Allen is definitely pushing Khalil Bell for that job.  Allen is the player that Garrett Wolfe was supposed to be.  Allen is very fast, hits the hole hard and can get good yards even if he finds just a crease.

Bell has struggled to hold onto the ball but didn't have a fumble on the day.  If the Bears are looking for a change of pace back, Allen might be that player.

The Mike Tice offense is the polar opposite of the Martz offense.  Tice's offense is a two tight end power attack that gets the TEs heavily involved in the passing game.  If Tice goes four wide, he doesn't do it with the receivers he does it with a TE.

Tice will also stack two tight ends to one side and run to that side with strength to that side.  This causes a major imbalance that the defense has to deal with with a safety in the box.  This frees up the passing game and more one on one opportunities for Brandon Marshall.

The fact that the Bears force teams to deal with two TEs to one side of the formation really emphasizes how they want to open up the passing game.

Evan Rodriguez worked in with the ones a lot and appears to be putting it on film enough to earn a second TE spot.  Kyle Adams as well is a threat in the passing game, he got a laser of a pass from Campbell right between the safeties and linebackers.

Kellen Davis as well caught a big pass in red-zone work from Cutler.

The offense put in a lot of their red zone work today but didn't have a lot of success against this defense.

Overall the defense put the clamps down throughout the day with big plays from Kelvin Hayden, Tim Jennings, and Jonathan Wilhite at corner.  Numerous pass breaks and physical play by the corners today.

Shifting around on the defensive line Nate Collins is likely moving up to be the favorite to grab the fifth DT spot.  The Bears carried five DTs with Anthony Adams and Okoye being the only departures from a year ago.  Brian Price received his first real live action in practice today, still without pads on.

Price worked in all the drills he could do without pads, but will get into the rotation on Wednesday.

Back to Collins who impressed for the second day in a row.   He is fast, strong and is taking to Rod Marinelli's coaching well.  Marinelli is a pleasure to watch because of how intently focused he is on those defensive linemen.

If there is one concern  right now it's with first round pick Shea McClellin.  Right now McClellin simply looks over matched out there.  He's not as fast off the edge as Thadeus Gibson and he's not as strong as the other four competitors in front of him.

It's way too early to push the panic button on McClellin and by most accounts today was  a far worse day than yesterday.   To be completely blunt about McClellin, he looks too small too weak and not fast enough.  His explosion out of his stance is not at the level expected of an edge rusher.

During one on one pass rush drills McClellin earned more reps than any other defender on the field.  He got pressure on only two of eight rushes to the QB.  He struggled mightily against the offensive tackles.  If a blocker gets their hands on him, they can easily push him off balance or engulf him completely.  He has no real counter move to stop the blocker from stunting his speed rush.  If an OT cheats up field, he's going to stop McClellin every time.

He can turn the corner using his speed, but he doesn't have that explosive first step that is evident with Thadeus Gibson who might be the most underrated player at camp this year.


I'm not here to rip on McClellin or even say he won't have an impact for the Bears.  The fact is however he seems to have a long ways to go before he will be supplanting anyone as a starter.

This may be Corey Wootton's break out year, the year that everyone forgets the injuries that plagued him in his first two years.  Wootton is both strong and fast and uses that combination well to create pressure.  He really seems to be pushing for that third DE spot.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL official: Footballs known to have leaks 'right out of the box'

Bills suspend assistant coach for first six games of 2015

Trent Richardson has 50-50 chance at making Raiders roster

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

WATCH: Dez Bryant throws punches at training camp

There's no need for Notre Dame to join a conference

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker