Observations from Bourbonnais

Observations from Bourbonnais

Posted by Bob LeGere on Sun, 08/09/2009 - 20:42
I’m more than a little concerned about Tommie Harris’ long-term future. He’s only 26 and he has had less training camp activity than most of the ball boys. Whether he’s still experiencing pain in his knees, or the Bears are trying to keep him fresh for the season, or he’s just generally sore his minimal contributions are troubling. The Bears are a much better team with Harris on the field because he possesses a rare combination of quickness, strength and agility. Hopefully that will be on full display when the regular season begins, but you have to wonder. The funniest line of camp so far involved 6-foot, 310-pound DT Anthony Adams, 5-foot-7, 185-pound RB Garrett Wolfe, and Adams’ toddler son Anthony III. After practice, Adams brought his tiny son onto the field, where he immediately scurried away from his father, showing amazing speed for such a young child. The seven-year veteran gave chase but, after a two-hour practice, he didn’t have much energy left. One wisecracking media member who witnessed the scene wondered aloud: “Why is Anthony Adams chasing Garrett Wolfe?” RB Kevin Jones looks like a completely different player. He’s faster, quicker and shiftier than a year ago when, he was only about 7 months removed from knee surgery. The Bears aren’t just paying lip service to giving Matt Forte some backup this year. It looks as if the running game won’t suffer much when Jones gives Forte a breather this year. But, if Jones stays healthy and plays a much bigger role than he did last season, that may not leave much of a role for Garrett Wolfe or Adrian Peterson.
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