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Here are Three Major Takeaways from Chicago's OTA


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Vince Carbonneau
May 23, 2024  (7:26 PM)
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Caleb Williams in training camp
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Highlights from Bears' Open OTA: Struggles and Strengths

The Bears opened their doors to the media for a glimpse into their Organized Team Activities (OTA) this Thursday. Here are the three main takeaways from the session:
Offensive Woes for Caleb Williams
Rookie quarterback Caleb Williams faced a challenging day during the OTA. Reports from Nicholas Moreano, CHGO Bears beat writer, highlighted his struggles with incomplete passes and near interceptions. During the 7-on-7 drills, Williams managed to complete only three passes, and his throws were often conservative, targeting the flat areas. Jaylon Johnson almost picked off one of his passes over the middle, indicating the defense's readiness.
It's worth noting that Williams was missing key receivers, as both Rome Odunze and Keenan Allen were absent from the drills. Additionally, the offensive line was without Nate Davis and Darnell Wright, adding to the rookie's difficulties. Despite these setbacks, it's early in the off-season, and there's ample time for the offense to improve under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.
Absence of Key Players
Several notable players were missing from the OTA, including Montez Sweat, Keenan Allen, Darnell Wright, Nate Davis, and Velus Jones Jr. Their absence, while not alarming given the voluntary nature of the practice, is something to keep an eye on as the team progresses through the off-season. The missing presence of these veterans was felt, particularly in the offensive drills.
Defense Shines Bright
The Bears' defense, which ended last season on a high note, appears to be picking up right where it left off. Reports suggest the defensive unit is already ahead of the offense, demonstrating strong cohesion and effectiveness. This is a testament to their continuity and the experienced leadership within the defensive squad.
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