The Chicago Bears addition of Brian Price is a sure sign that changes are evident on the interior front of their defensive line. The recently acquired Price, is a former 2nd-round pick out of UCLA, traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 7th-round draft pick. Hampered by a nagging hamstring injury in his rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s out to redeem himself. Price should get the chance to play extensively this season, provided he stays healthy. However, after passing his physical, it’s clear he has his work cut out for him. He struggled often on his first day of training camp with the Bears.
The bigger change involves Stephen Paea, a 2011 second-round pick out of Oregon State. Early on in training camp, nose tackle Matt Toeaina had received most of the first-team reps. According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, Paea took every single first-team rep at the position on Thursday.
“As you can see he’s been working with the ones for a reason, he’s done some good things,” Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith noted. “Rushing the passer, he can play the nose, he has under-tackle tackle ability at the three-technique, and I think he’s one of the strongest guys to come through the combine. He can do a lot of things. Second year, high draft pick, he should be ready to make a move.”
Matt Toeaina is nothing spectacular, and the starting position was basically handed to him. If Stephen Paea keeps up solid reps with the first team, the starting gig could end up being all his. Still, it’s very early on, and preseason games will give everyone a better idea of who’s made of what.
Friday was family night at Solider Field, and 27,000+ die-hard Chicago Bears fans were in attendance to watch their beloved team practice. Brandon Marshall was a hit with the fans and talked to the media. Medically diagnosed with a personality disorder, Marshall openly confessed he gets nervous. He said, “it was good to get out there with all the fans because I need to work on my nerves, my nerves get rattled in the red zone.”
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