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Postcard from the camp: Tarik Cohen's "rare" talent could be more of a mental nature than a physical one



BOURBONNAIS, Illinois – As the morning fog climbed along I-57, the intensity of things here at Olivet Nazarene University changed as well, and the bears went into hiding to make their final public exercise Baltimore Ravens Thursday. The training on Tuesday will be a small solution. After all, this is a game week.

Matt Nagy described the training on Monday as more mentally important to the players, though we still had some impressive physical moments – especially when Adam Shaheen spawned Bryce Callahan and Michael Joseph for touchdowns in seven-on-seven Red Zone drills , We've seen this before from Shaheen (as in OTAs a year ago), and as always his growth will be related to what he can do with the pads.

These seven-on-seven drills produced the most ooohs and ahhhs of the day. We saw Mitch Trubisky connect well with Allen Robinson a few times, and Tarik Cohen, who made another reverse stint after coming to the end zone, fired a handful of perfectly timed punches.

"These are the late-night practices that come to the field, make one-on-ones and have that timing and you and the quarterback are on the same page," Cohen said. "And the final product, you get a touchdown."

Cohen also terrorized the inexperienced rookie safety Nick Orr in individual exercises with some video-game-like Juke moves to bring himself far into the Downfield. It is clear that Cohen is more than mentally capable of assuming the responsibility that Nagy and Mark Helfrich have given him. Get him to run back, any broad receiver position, returnees, quarterback, whatever ̵

1; he's even downplayed the mental workload to learn all that stuff. Maybe because it's not so daunting for a man with a flamboyant work ethic and football intelligence.

"I do not feel it's much that's part of it," Cohen said. "I only have a certain number of games in each position, it's not like I'm learning the whole playbook in every position, that makes it a lot easier."

This kind of attitude has not gone unnoticed by a coaching staff who can warm up quickly for the little playmaker.

"He's great," said Helfrich. He's a guy, literally, you can tell him anything – stand up in any position, he'll do it with an awesomely great attitude, a huge smile on his face and run 4.3 It's amazing in how many places he has never lined up before, and you say, "Hey, that's it," and he goes out and does it, which is invaluable if you can put and play such a guy who plays the Has properties he has with the ball in his hands, which is rare. "

Their daily Roquan update is the …

… There is nothing new to report. No. 58 is still not there, and after Sam Darnold came to the New York Jets on Monday, Smith is the only winner of the first round in 2018, who has not yet signed a contract. In the meantime, Dan Graziano of ESPN published a column explaining to the bears how they handled the Smith situation.

Ryan Pace arrived on ESPN1000's "Cape & Co." from Bourbonnais on Monday and did not directly answer the questions Smith had asked him from colleagues at NBC Sports Chicago, David Kaplan, and Pat Boyle, but he said: "Sometimes all the details are not completely out there, we'll work it through and we We'll do it right with agents we respect, with a player we respect. "

Pace declined to say if Smith had time to come to the camp to get ready for the regular season but stressed that Smith's football intelligence was one of the reasons the team put him in eighth overall in April. The point is, Smith should be able to pick up things quickly when joining the team.

We will be interested to hear what is to be heard Vic Fangio, who does not belong to BS with the press, must say about the whole situation when he after the practice on Tuesday speaks to the media.

Quote of the Day

"I understand the rule." I was an example last year. " – Bear's linebacker Danny Trevathan discusses the NFL's new Rule about helmet-helmet Contact Nagy said on the weekend is part of why Smith is still not in the camp. Trevathan was suspended for a game last year following a fierce crash helmet crash on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.


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