The Chicago Bears got their feet on the throttle Friday morning during their final practice at Halas Hall training camp and it showed. After a day off, coach Matt Eberless and Beers reclaimed the field for what many players described as their toughest training to date.
Practices have been a mixed bag up until this point, with crime at times struggling to find a foothold and defense working to create a mindset to create turnarounds. As training began, players on both sides of the ball began to stand out through play. Below is a list of the players we think had a great workout on Friday morning.
1. RB Tristan Ebner
October 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears running back Tristan Ebner (1) looks for more yards against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a football game played at McLean Stadium. Mandatory credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports
When the Bears family moved into team practice on Friday, rookie running back Tristan Ebner made his presence felt almost immediately. Ebner found plenty of room to run in one of his first campaigns, and he made some neat moves to find space in the open field for big wins. His speed and speed were fully displayed and one had to be excited about how the bears used him in attack and special squads.
Ebner is still fighting for third place on the rear-running depth chart but he makes his case loud and clear.
2. CB Tavon Young
November 27, 2016; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; The Baltimore Ravens Cornback Tavon Young (36) reacts after a turn in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Arena. Mandatory credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Few of the Bears players were out with injury on Friday, setting the stage for players like Tavon Young to shine. Rookie Keeler Gordon, recently working as a nickel starting angler, is in streetwear, with Young taking his place. The former Baltimore Raven was instrumental both in the running game and in passing positions against Darnell Money. First, Young beat Mooney in a running drill, got his best and pushed him to the ground. He then throws the ball toward Mooney in the red, making it incomplete.
We’ll see how long the Bears held Gordon in the nickel spot but Young did very well for that position on Friday.
3. OT Braxton Jones
30 July 2022; Lake Forest Illinois, United States; Chicago Bears forward Braxton Jones (70) during training camp at Halas Hall. Mandatory credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
It seems with every practice, the handling of the beginner Braxton Jones gets better and better. Jones played every shot in the left tackle to attack the first team on Friday, and took another step in cementing his position as a starter as he rolls the first week. Jones has kept himself up to date, consistently working enough to give Fields time to find his target. He went up against the starting line of defense and took on the challenge. The real test comes during the pre-season games but there’s a lot to like about Jones at this point in camp.
4. S Jaquan Brisker
June 8, 2022; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears defensive linebacker Jaquan Brisker (9) prepares during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Eberflus and the new coaching crew have been heralding the changes since they were hired and we’re seeing the mantra play out in real time, particularly with the safety of rookie Jaquan Brisker. The team selection in the second round of Penn State earned the reputation of the mind hawk, whether it was intercepting the ball or breaking up a pass. And that continued on Friday as he knocked out the ball from the narrow end of Cole Kumit for an incomplete forcing at the end of the practice. He doesn’t give up playing and this mentality will serve him well when the real matches begin. He continues to show that he is the real deal.
5. QB Justin Fields
LAKE FOREST, IL – AUGUST 02: Justin Fields of the #1 Chicago Bears looks on during training camp at the PNC Center in Halas Hall on August 2, 2022 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reeves/Getty Images)
This wasn’t a perfect workout for Fields, but we saw him do a lot of different things on Friday that bode well for the regular season. Fields was able to work through his progression a little faster than he had in previous days, moving from one receiver to the next while keeping his head in the opposite direction. He had some nice deep throws in team practice toward midfield, including passes to Velus Jones Jr. and Equanimeous St. Brown. Fields was also able to work on the scramble, whether it was choreographed or when plays were disrupted.
Fields struggled a bit in the red, locking in Mooney and quantified a lot, but it’s another step in the right direction for the sophomore quarterback as he adjusts to a new attack.
6. WR Chris Fink
July 28, 2021; St. Joseph, Missouri, United States; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Fink (9) catches a pass during training camp at Western Missouri State University. Mandatory credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
How about highlighting one of the marginalized players on the list? Wide receiver Chris Finke is in a fight for a spot on the roster but was one of the bright spots working with offenders No. 2 and No. 3. Finke caught a deep ball from quarterback Nathan Peterman with a stride and showed plenty of speed during the practice. He even stayed behind when practice ended to get some reps with Peterman.
Finke battles players like Dazz Newsome, Dante Pettis, Isaiah Coulter and more to make it to the ultimate roster. He’s someone who could play a big game for Peterman when pre-season starts.
The story originally appeared on Bears Wire
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