Beating the press

WR Rashied Davis and CB Charles Tillman were two of the last players off the practice field on Wednesday.

While Tillman sat out the practice, he did some individual work with Davis that didn’t involve anything that would jeopardize his sprained right ankle.

Davis and Tillman worked on hand punches. It’s a drill you see offensive linemen do a lot, something ex-Steelers lineman Tunch Ilkin is credited with popularizing.

In this case, Davis was working on a hand punch to help beat a jam by a defensive back at the line of scrimmage.

After Thursday’s workout, rookie G Josh Beekman spent some time with assistant OL coach Luke Butkus practicing shotgun snaps. Beekman, a fourth-round pick from Boston College, played some center in school.

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The Cubs dropped to a 3-1 record on this West Coast road trip.
The rookie defenseman logged 18:35 of ice time Friday on a pairing with Connor Murphy, who returned after his long injury absence, but there wasn’t much else of note in the Hawks’ 5-1 loss.
Coach Billy Donovan used the game to rest DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, and Alex Caruso. That meant an opportunity for rookie Adama Sanogo and veteran Jevon Carter to shine.
The third inning was the difference in the Sox’ 11-1 loss to the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field.