Early observations from Bourbonnais

Early observations from Bourbonnais

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 21:18

A few observations after the Bears' first four training camp practices:

* Julius Peppers is still a physical freak. It's incredible how fast and fluidly a 33-year-old, 290-pound man can move after 11 years in the NFL trenches. He can still run down skill-position players from behind.

* Martellus Bennett should be the Bears' best all-around tight end since Mike Ditka, and he could be a fixture for a long time, considering he's only 26 years old. That being said, he doesn't have the pass-catching skills of Greg Olsen.

* Corey Wootton will emerge this season as a legitimate complement to Peppers and a potential double-digit sack threat. He plays bigger than 270 pounds and moves like a much smaller man.

* Whatever workout regimen cornerback Charles Tillman follows in the off-season, it should be mass marketed. Entering his 11th season at age 32, he looks and plays better than ever. No hint of any diminishing skills or trace of body fat.

* Linebacker and special teams standout Blake Costanzo just looks like a football player, even though his attire off the field is a cross between San Diego homeless and a bag of dirty laundry. Still, he makes it work.

* Surprise pick to click: First-year wide receiver Joe Anderson. Good size, good speed, good strength, good hands and a good bet to work his way up the depth chart after spending most of last season on the practice squad.

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