The three-day rookie minicamp has started at Halas Hall, which is attended to by all the athletes that were either drafted by the Bears, signed by the Bears after the Draft, or being invited to the camp for a look-see as selected by scouts and coaches. The Chicago Bears did very well in signing their draftees, and two of the cornerbacks who were signed following the draft weekend were a nice addition to an already nice core grab for Phil Emery and Marc Trestman, to whom Jay Cutler threw his delighted support for having bolstered the offensive line. Clearly, the OL investment can only mean that the Bears’ brains have faith in their quarterback to get the job done if given the proper amount of time to accurately read the field.
Kyle Long’s participation will be limited to a couple of days as his Pac-12 school doesn’t finish up until June and, well, graduation is a good thing. The rules limit his participation to Rookie Minicamp and not OTA’s. Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene will attend and – with Cornelius Washington being a late-round pass rusher – perhaps these players could form some sort of chemistry to confidently take over for an aging defense that’s in desperate need for some turnover, especially if Emery can step into a starting linebacker position.
The additions for TE, OL and LB are nice, but it’s how young standing players perform that is crucial. Alshon Jeffrey and Shea McClellin were extremely disappointing in their rookie years and haven’t yet justified their high draft selections. This is especially the case for McClellin, who seems to be a total non-factor. Bostic was an extremely astute pick by Emery and kudos are deserved but what happened last year when Harrison Smith and Jerel Worthy were available?
Rookie Minicamps aren’t anything more than just a weekend of symposiums and meet-and-greets. The players won’t be in pads most will be released and so not part of training camp in July, which is where the players from the top half of the draft and those who show promise during OTA’s as potential Undrafted Free Agents will try to ingratiate themselves with the team and onto the 2013 Chicago Bears.