Joniak: Bears' New Mantra Is To 'Crave Pressure'

Jeff Joniak
July 28, 2019 - 11:32 am

BOURBONNAIS (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Jeff Joniak is in Bourbonnais to cover the Chicago Bears’ training camp. Here is a roundup of his observations:

--Fan turnout was great, as expected, with more than 8,300 in attendance for the first public practice.  Another good turnout is expected Sunday, for the first padded practice.

--Elliott Fry handled all the field goal attempts, converting on the final seven of his eight attempts. It included a 60-yard conversion with a fairly stiff wind moving from left to right. Fry asked to kick it. Eddie Pineiro will handle Sunday’s field goals. The two will alternate daily.

--Honoring the competition component of camp and not just for kickers, head coach Matt Nagy called on Allen Robinson and Kyle Fuller to pair off in a one-on-one pass play from Mitch Trubusky.  The pass was caught on a nice adjustment by Robinson. Later in practice, the same drill went the defense’s way, with Prince Amukamara defending Taylor Gabriel one-on-one. Nagy is asking his team to “Crave Pressure.”

--Chase Daniel dropped a dime over the top of the defense to receiver Anthony Miller for a long touchdown. Miller caught seven touchdowns in his abbreviated rookie season.

--The first player out to practice Saturda was Tarik Cohen. 

--Kahlil Mack and Leonard Floyd have a competition when team drills begin. They race off the sideline to where the ball is set as the starting line of scrimmage to see who touches the ball first.

--Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano is a quote machine.  Cornerback Prince Amukamara noting that “So what, now what?” and “Skin like armadillo” are popular phrases designed to challenge their mental toughness after getting beat or losing a challenge.

--Amukamara invested a significant amount of time catching 200 to 300 footballs a day to perfect the fundamentals of proper hand placement and grip for interceptions.  It was taught by ex-secondary coach Ed Donatell, and it was something Amukamara claims was never taught to him before. Now, he’s trying to replicate that effort to further improve his hands.

--New receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is a significant part of the offensive smorgasbord. Patterson said the headline on him should read “No limit what he can do.”  Matt Nagy will be using him in a variety of ways.  Receivers coach Mike Furrey calls Patterson a “freight train” given his size and speed. 

--Tight end Trey Burton is working hard on creating more separation at the top of his routes to create bigger windows of opportunity for quarterback Mitch Trubisky.  The goal is to bait the defender into thinking he is going one way -- then go the other with a series of jab steps, head fakes, and speed variations.

Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.