Less than a week from now, the Bears will get to pick on an opponent rather than each other when they travel to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Now that game time is fast approaching, Friday’s practice took on a little more contact as the Bears are beginning to put more pieces together to their puzzle.
“Today was another decent day of practice,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “We’re getting to the point where we’re loading the guys up in regards to the volume of things we’re throwing at them. They’re handling it really well and I told them we want to have that mentality of being a tough team, physically and mentally. We keep growing every day and we continue to challenge ourselves.”
All eyes are on quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Bears will only go as far as he can take them.
The last couple days of practice haven’t exactly gone as smoothly as the second-year signal caller would’ve liked, but part of his development in this scheme is the “next play” mindset.
“There’s a big emphasis on not making the same mistake twice and that’s what the film room is for,” Trubisky said post practice. “During practice when a mistake happens, we’ll talk about it real quick and move on to the next play. The great thing about that is I’m getting a lot of teaching, whether it’s Nagy or (offensive coordinator Mark) Helfrich. We’re all in the together.”
As training camp go on, Trubisky finds himself more and more confident by the snap, even through the mistakes.
And a big reason for that is the deep receiving core at his disposal.
“They’re all students of the game and they’re hungry,” Trubisky said. “Every player wants to get better every day and be on the same page. We’re building chemistry with every snap and moving in the right direction. They all want to be great.
“It’s important on offense to have fun and you need those guys to bring that excitement and swagger to give the offense an edge,” Trubisky continued. “Those guys making plays excites other guys and makes them play that much harder.”
Much like the rest of the team, Trubisky is excited for Thursday’s game against Baltimore. But an extra carrot for the Mentor, Ohio native is getting the chance to play in his home state, just an hour and 15 minutes from his hometown.
“I’m excited,” Trubisky said. “The Hall of Fame game is a great opportunity for this team and it’s a unique place to play. It’ll be great to play in front of some family. However, we need to have a great week of preparation and continue to take care of our bodies. It’ll be nice to play against someone other than our defense.”
No trust lost
A lot has been said about linebacker Leonard Floyd’s knee injury from last season.
While fans wonder if Floyd can stay healthy or if the trust is still there in his psyche, Floyd has no issues.
“There’s zero discomfort,” Floyd said of his knee. “I have 100 percent trust in my leg and I’m at the point where I don’t even think about it when I play. I’ve been doing some maintenance with the trainers day after day and it’s been going well.”
Having a brand new scheme and offensive firepower has made things harder for the defense to figure out, but that unpredictability makes the defense continue to be more disciplined and sharpened.
“The offense gives us a lot of different looks from a lot of different guys,” Floyd said. “It definitely helps us out.”