Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Bears rookie struggles in 3rd practice

While Bears rookie QB Caleb Williams may have already been anointed the starter he had a rough 3rd practice against his own defence.

“I said something to him at the end of practice like, ‘Keep it going. We’re going to keep making you better,'” safety Kevin Byard said. “And not necessarily saying he had a terrible day, but days like this are going to make you better.”

“We had a good day,” Byard said. “I’m not going to sit here and lie about that. But to be honest, it’s to be expected. You have a returning top-15, top-10 defense, obviously going against a younger rookie quarterback who’s getting acclimated and learning things. That’s what it is supposed to look like.”

Bears knew this would happen

“It’s frustrating, but we also know that we’re learning a new system,” WR DJ Moore said. “Our defense can get pretty rowdy, as you all know out there. Just calming everybody down in the huddle and just refocusing is the best thing.”

“This is the first time going against a pro defense, and a pretty good one,” Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said. “It’s going to be learning for everybody. They’re getting everything together. It was progress. I saw progress from the first day to the second, the second to the third. So it’s good.”

“We’re not holding back,” Eberflus said. “We’re giving him a lot of information. We’re giving him the offense and you want to be able to go through the whole offense before the off-season gets done, primarily most of it, and work it into the summer.”

It’s a good sign the Bears are giving Williams all of the information and seeing how he does. Limiting the offence was one of the ways they held Justin Fields back, and the fact Williams is being trusted shows they feel they can trust him.

Now it’s up to the rookie to prove he can bounce back and grow from adversity.

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