The Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns, Patrick Finley and Mark Potash break down the Bears’ camp so far, on occasion of the team’s first off day:
Big man on campus
Defensive end Akiem Hicks is the front-runner for “Training Camp MVP” after five practices, including three in pads, in Bourbonnais. Tuesday’s off day is particularly good for the offensive linemen who need a break from him. He’s been virtually unstoppable on the field. Off it, he’s been friendly with fans and the media. … Receiver Kevin White has been good, but not great. I’m waiting to see more highlight-reel plays…. Best competition so far? Running back. Jeremy Langford is the leader, but others have impressed. The team wants physical runners … It’s time to start worrying about the Bears’ tight-end situation.
• Adam L. Jahns
It’s still early, but the Bears’ tight end situation has been even bleaker than feared, with Zach Miller (concussion protocol), Khari Lee (A/C joint in shoulder) and undrafted free agent Ben Braunecker (ankle) missing time with injuries, and no one else wowing . … Brian Hoyer hasn’t looked particularly sharp, but I can’t see a scenario where he’s beaten out for the backup quarterback job. His starting experience is too valuable. … Something to watch: If the Bears keep four running backs and a fullback, does that mean they retain only five receivers? It’s their deepest offensive position group. … My to-date camp MVPs: wide receiver Daniel Braverman and Hicks.
• Patrick Finley
The Bears look like a team in transition in the early days of John Fox’s second training camp — low on star power but with a higher level of competition overall that could pay dividends in 2016. At least three players have said the competition at their position is the best they’ve been in — running back, wide receiver and linebacker. … Linebacker Christian Jones is more noticeable on the outside than he was inside. … Camp can be deceiving, but safety Harold Jones-Quartey looks like a more confident and better player. … Rookie to watch: Rookie CB Deon Bush is making mistakes but his aggressiveness could pay off eventually.
• Mark Potash
Up next: 11:15 a.m. practice Wednesday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais