Friday, May 31, 2024

Three Big Takeaways From Bears OTA


The Bears held a few OTAs this week, but only Thursday’s session was open to the media. Here are the three key takeaways from that open OTA.

Caleb Williams and the offense struggled.

According to all reports, Caleb Williams had a tough day. He struggled with many incomplete passes and near interceptions. Nicholas Moreano, CHGO Bears beat writer, reported that during the 7-on-7 period, Williams completed only three passes. Jaylon Johnson nearly intercepted a pass over the middle of the field. In the team period, most of Williams passes were to the flat, and he held onto the ball for way to long time.

It’s important to note that Rome Odunze and Keenan Allen did not participate in the 7-on-7s or the team period, which left the rookie quarterback without two major targets.

Additionally, Nate Davis and Darnell Wright were not practicing today—more on that later. Overall, the offense had a rough day. Fortunately, it’s only May 23, so there’s plenty of time to iron things out as the team adapts to a new offense under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. There’s no need to panic yet.

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Key players were missing from OTA.

Montez Sweat, Keenan Allen, Darnell Wright, Nate Davis, and Velus Jones Jr. did not attend today’s voluntary practice. However, keep in mind that it’s again only May 23, so this isn’t necessarily significant but worth montioring.

Defense is picking up right where they left off.

It’s no secret that the Bears defense was strong at the end of last season. According to reports, the defense is picking up right where they left off and is currently ahead of the offense. While this is something we’ve heard before, it’s important to note that the Bears offense is entirely new under offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, whereas the defense is still using the same playbook they are used to. But this defense has the potential to be truly special, particularly with the strength of the back seven. It will be interesting to see if the Bears bring in more edge help or make a significant move at the trade deadline, depending on how the season progresses. In summary, the defense is looking really, really good.


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May 26, 2024 12:01 am

Ok. So Caleb Williams was missing two of the guys who weren’t on the team last year anyway. And he looked terrible? Are we supposed to panic?
The one good thing is maybe the offense isn’t as incoherent as last year, just that the players aren’t executing.

Wes P
Wes P
May 24, 2024 8:35 am

Defenses always come together quicker than offenses. The fact that the Bears have a good defense should prepare Caleb Williams for facing other NFL teams.

May 23, 2024 10:38 pm

As far as Caleb Williams’ struggles – who cares? It’s MAY. Worry in December, not before.

As far as Nate Davis not practicing – Nate Davis practices? Seriously? Could’ve fooled me. Just make sure his check is ready.

May 23, 2024 9:04 pm

It’s OTAs not the end of training camp. Most of the offense wasn’t there. And it’s good that Caleb struggled. But once he gets used to the speed of the NFL, and offensive starters are actually on the field, he’ll make plays and gain the confidence he needs to lead the team. Common sense says give it time.

Last edited 7 days ago by Veece
May 23, 2024 7:50 pm

Odunze was out as well

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