Bears’ training-camp report: Analysis from the first practice

The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down Friday’s practice, the Bears’ first of training camp:

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Bears head coach Matt Nagy, left, calls his team during training camp Friday.

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BOURBONNAIS— The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down Friday’s practice, the Bears’ first of training camp:

Slingshot reaction

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said he spoke with running back Tarik Cohen about his training camp entrance. Cohen sped onto the Olivet Nazarene University campus Thursday, doing donuts in a Polaris Slingshot.

Asked if he was upset, Nagy didn’t want to comment. But it was clear he wasn’t happy.

Later, though, he said Cohen lived by the coach’s “Be You” mantra.

“For Tarik, his personality that he has, it allows us, for instance, in team meetings for guys to have a lot of fun,” Nagy said. “Tarik will make fun of himself at times, but he’s also going to brag a little bit. But he’s a pretty good football player, and he makes me a better coach.”

Injuries already

Receiver Riley Ridley didn’t make it through his first training camp practice. The fourth-round pick hurt his right hamstring, Nagy said.

“I think you’ll see—you knock on wood a little bit, but as you go through these camps —you have those,” Nagy said.

Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who started camp on the physically unable to perform list after spraining his knee toward the end of the offseason program, watched from the sideline. Nagy said Clinton-Dix should return soon.

“I think he’s close,” Nagy said. “But I don’t have anything specific.”

Next up:The Bears will hold their first open-to-the-public practice at 8:15 am. Saturday at Olivet Nazarene University.

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