Bears WR Chase Claypool a ‘hothead’ in intense practice

Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool and linebacker T.J. Edwards had been jawing at each other during Wednesday’s training-camp practice when the Bears ran a toss play to Velus Jones.

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Bears receiver wideout Chase Claypool blocks.

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Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool and linebacker T.J. Edwards had been jawing at each other during practice Wednesday when the Bears ran a toss play to Velus Jones.

Claypool blocked Edwards, who was knocked to the ground. He jumped up and shoved Claypool.

Claypool kept talking.

“You’ve gotta watch [Claypool] — he’s a hothead, for sure,” wide receiver Darnell Mooney said. “You’ve got to calm him. . . . He just needs somebody to pull him back and be like, ‘Hey, chill out.’ I’ll be that guy for him, for sure.”

Mooney, who admittedly is mild-mannered, smiled when describing Claypool’s smack talk. On a day when the defense was better, the offense needed more of that.

“Chase is a very emotional player,” quarterback Justin Fields said. “Even [Wednesday], he was getting into it with the defense a little bit.”

Other players had minor beefs during a practice that ran 2 hours, 20 minutes. Jones shoved some defenders after they celebrated a near-interception.

Jenkins leaves practice

Guard Teven Jenkins left practice with an undisclosed injury, adding to the list of injured players now that the team has begun practicing in pads.

Defensive end DeMarcus Walker and linebacker Jack Sanborn, who left Tuesday’s practice, did not participate Wednesday. Defensive tackle Justin Jones didn’t practice, either.

Guard Nate Davis and rookie running back Roschon Johnson did not participate for a second straight day. Tight end Chase Allen sat out, too.

With Jenkins and Davis out, the Bears finished practice with 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood at left guard.

“He’s touched just about every position other than center, so this is kind of the next stop,” offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said. “And I think he’s kind of settled in nicely there.”

Jenkins spoke a day earlier about taking up Pilates and spending the offseason “lengthening and strengthening muscles” in his back and neck.

He missed most of his rookie season with a back injury and was hampered by neck issues last year.

Grover visits

Tim Grover, who trained Michael Jordan and other prominent athletes, met with the Bears after Tuesday’s practice. Mooney was part of a group of four players that huddled with Grover, who challenged them to be “legendary.”

Mooney was tickled; he’s a fan of Grover’s books.

“I want to work with him,” he said. “He’s a guy that when he’s speaking — at all times — you have to dial in and just take it in and literally do that. Do that because he had so many special guys that have been great and championships and all that.”

This and that

Bears matriarch Virginia McCaskey, who turned 100 in January, visited Halas Hall. She met with coach Matt Eberflus and his wife, Kelly, as well as new president/CEO Kevin Warren inside the building overlooking two practice fields.

† Slot cornerback Kyler Gordon was dynamic. In an 11-on-11 drill, he intercepted a pass, blew up a running play and had a sack.

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