Day 4 observations:
Cutler still clean
It’s always dangerous to make too much of what goes on in training camp —especially so early. But it’s worth noting that through four practices, including two in pads, Jay Cutler has yet to throw an interception in team drills. He usually throws a couple the first day. It might be nothing. Then again, it might be an indication that this coaching staff is doing what it can to keep Cutler from the mistakes that have plagued him in his nine-year NFL career.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery suffered a “slight AC sprain in his shoulder” according to coach John Fox. But he returned to practice without any problems.
“I’m fine,” Jeffery said when asked about the shoulder.
“I’ve liked what he’s done and like the way he competes,” Fox said of Jeffery. “He’s got a big wing-span and a big ball radius as far as plucking catches from the defenders. I’ve liked what I’ve seen.”
Bits and pieces
— Playmakers: Linebacker Sam Acho; cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Terrance Mitchell; wide receiver Alshon Jeffery; defensive tackle Will Sutton. Fuller had an interception in a red-zone drill. Rookie quarterback Shane Carden threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ify Umodu to end a goal-line drill.
— There was a second camp skirmish, but reporters were too far away — per the Bears’ new restrictions —and it was hard to tell who was involved.
— First-round draft pick Kevin White still is on the sidelines, but he made a play Sunday: noticing a young fan in the stands wearing a Kevin White jersey, he went over and gave the fan his gloves. A veteran move by the rookie.
—Third-string quarterback David Fales has been moved from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to the Non-football illness list.
“It’s an illness and the doctors don’t want him moving around a whole bunch until he heals,” Fox said. “I can’t predict exactly when he is going to be out there, but he’s progressing as expected.”