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Jay Cutler (throwing a pass in practice Thursday) has yet to throw an interception through seven practices at Bears training camp in Bourbonnais. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Pick to click: Jay Cutler still going strong in Bears training camp

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After seven practices, Jay Cutler still has yet to throw an interception in team drills at training camp. While it’s only training camp, that statistic is becoming more and more significant with each day. Is it a case of Cutler being that much better in Adam Gase’s offense, or a defense that is still trying to find its legs under Vic Fangio.

“I think it’s definitely Jay being that much better,” Bears safety Antrell Rolle said Thursday after practice. “His decision-making with the ball has been outstanding. His accuracy has been very good. He doesn’t make many mistakes out there.

“I think a lot of it has to do with the comfort zone. I’m sure you know with the new OC [Gase], I see them all the time walking and talking _I’m sure he feels a lot more comfortable with him, a lot more comfortable with his guys. They’re also jellin’, they’re also learning a new system. But we’ve been trying to get after him, but he’s been very good with his balls.”

Cutler indeed said he has become more and more comfortable with Gase’s offense.

“I think up to date we’ve done a good job so far picking up the language, the lingo, what the coaches want us to do,” Cutler said. “I think Adam and everybody else are doing a good job really clearly communicating our jobs. We’re heading in the right direction. Where we are exactly, I don’t know, but we’re doing the right things each and every day.”

With Brandon Marshall traded to the Jets and rookie Kevin White still not participating in practice because of a shin injury, Cutler has found a comfort level with slot receiver Eddie Royal, whom he played with in Denver in 2006. It remains to be seen if the current progress has staying power — this is far from the first time Cutler has been excited about the progress of a new offense. But the initial signs are positive — though Cutler typically was careful not to overstate it.

“I think we’re right where we need to be,” Cutler said. “.The guys have done a really good job of learning this system, because it’s not an easy system. It’s not something we’re going to pick up in two or three weeks. It’s going to take some time and guys have done a really good job on the field and off the field, because if you just do things on the field and don’t take it home with you, you’re not going to learn this system as quickly. I think everyone in the offense has put in time off the field so when they get in the building, they know what they’re doing.”


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