The man everyone has their eye on so far in Bears Training Camp has been Shea McClellin.
The defensive end from Boise State is under a microscope because he was selected in the first round ahead of Chandler Jones of Syracuse and Whitney Mercilus of Illinois. In his first week, McClellin has come along slowly. I had the chance to speak with the Rookie before practice Sunday and this is what he had to say:
He mentioned he was working with the first Special team units and would do anything to help the team win. Early on he is seen as a pass rusher and admitted he needed to work on his game against the run game.
First impression, he is a soft talking rookie, finding his way in his first week in camp. The problem is his play was also soft at times on the practice field. After practice, McClellin was honest in front of a group of reporters, “Today, my pass rushing wasn’t very good so I was kind of disappointed.” He generated little pressure through out the day in both one on one dills and offense vs defense.
He had a few breakthroughs exploding around the outside, but too many times he was stuff head on. One day or one week of practice is not enough time to make any definitive statements, but it’s something to keep any eye out as camp progresses. A first rounder is expected to produce early and this was a draft that was deep at the position.
Lovie Smith had just one thing to say about his rookie defensive ends’ play, “He is going to earn his money rushing the passer but he has a long way to go”. It wasn’t a day that presented any wows, but he did show some good bursts at a few points and is going to be a man to watch throughout training camp.
Other Camp Notes
Devin Hester returned to practice in full pads despite walking with his ankle taped after lunch. He looked good with some spectacular catches through out the day.
Henry Melton not only was out to field a punt, but he did it successfully. No word yet on any proposed Melton special teams project.
Matt Forte, Michael Bush and the running game looked to have a productive day, but there was no live tackling until near the end with the third and fourth stringers.
Monday is players day off because of the CBA.