Today was the last media accessible OTA workout, tomorrow is the last OTA workout before next week's mandatory veteran mini-camp. While there hasn't been a lot of news to report there have been notes to report from various media sources about the goings on at these voluntary workouts.
Participating for the first time this OTA season signed CB Kelvin Hayden formerly with the Falcons and Colts was out there getting the lay of the land. Hayden is still recovering from his injury he suffered last year but was a full go today. Hayden is expected to push starter Tim Jennings for playing time, but given Jennings' recent play Hayden may struggle wind up being the fourth CB on the team, which isn't a bad fourth CB option to have. Hayden lined up with the starters with Charles Tillman absent from today's workout.
Henry Melton talked to the Chicago Tribune about how he might get some reps on offense in short yardage situations as a running back. The Bears are considering putting together a small offensive package for the former college and high school running back turned defensive tackle. Melton also discussed his contract situation and whether or not the Bears are looking to sign him to a long term deal this off-season, we'll have more on that in Friday's Bear Report radio podcast.
Kellen Davis fully participated today and took to twitter to talk about his season production expectations. Davis stated he hopes to catch in the neighborhood of 40 to 60 passes this season, a fair number I feel Davis is fully capable of.
Alshon Jeffery sat out of today's OTA workout with a sore leg. Hopefully it's nothing serious and he will be a full participant at veteran mini-camp next week.
Gabe Carimi was out there for the second week in a row running with the first team at RT. Carimi now seems like he's healthy moving well and should be a full mini-camp participant.
Tight end Matt Spaeth sat out of today's workout and in his place second year man Kyle Adams took some reps.
Undrafted rookie James Brown continued to work at the #2 RT spot behind Carimi. Brown's versatility as a potential RT offensive guard prospect may increase his chances at making the 53-man roster. Brown would seem to be a natural backup RT choice behind Carimi given how Williams and Webb struggled at RT. However, the thought remains that the loser of the LT battle between Williams and Webb will become the new backup swing OT, essentially replacing Frank Omiyale.
Dane Sanzenbacher is in an uphill battle to make the roster for the second consecutive year. Sanzenbacher made some nice catches today according to multiple reports and will have to continue that type of consistency in his battle with Devin Thomas. Thomas is a bit of special teams ace and he will be battling Sanzenbacher for what will likely be the sixth and final WR spot on the 53 man roster.