Chicago Bears: Sedrick Ellis has type of potential Bears seek

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“It feels like you have needles underneath your foot while you’re playing. …You need to jump, you need to run, you need to do a lot of things while you’re playing basketball, so you don’t want needles underneath your foot, right? “It’s not easy, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.” All indications are McClellin’s pain subsided over the last few months. The former first-round draft pick dealt with knee and concussion issues during his rookie season. When healthy, he showed flashes of his ability and quick first step. In 14 games, McClellin recorded 21/2 sacks and seven tackles. He played 365 snaps, which amounted to 34.7 percent of the defensive plays. General manager Phil Emery said McClellin might stand up at linebacker in certain situations but insisted he would not be moved to middle linebacker permanently.

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Fast Pace Practices Have the Bears Prepared for Training Camp David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Head coach Marc Trestman has not been shy about his desire for the Bears to work at an up-tempo pace not just during games but also at practices. Back in April during his team’s first voluntary minicamp, Trestman said , “Our only goal today was to practice fast,that was it, to try to develop … a tempo of practice where we can keep our players safe.” Fast-forward two months later and Trestman and his staff are continuing to prepare their team for the 2013 season with a quick pace.  He capped off his team’s minicamp last week by saying : This concludes just a heck of an offseason. I mentioned the players on a number of things. We learned we got our practice tempo up, we had great meetings, learned how we were going to meet, divide our time up during the day, the whole thing it culminates a major portion of our offseason obviously and leading into the next step, which will be training camp. While minicamps have provided a base for what this Bears team will want to do this season, training camp will help push this team toward being a faster and smarter team on the field, and Trestman’s up-tempo practice style in mincamps will have his team prepared for camp later next month. Adam Podlesh Could Get Pressured by Tress Way in Training Camp Mark J.

I think that showed in production.” Projected to play the three-technique spot in Chicago’s 4-3 front, Ellis will be used more as a penetrator than a mere run-plugger. That small detail made all the difference in Ellis making the decision to sign with the Bears over other teams he visited such as the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots . “Yeah, that was part of the reason I picked Chicago. But mainly it was because of the way that I know their defensive line plays. They allow their guys to do what defensive linemen are supposed to do. That’s rush the passer, get sacks and put pressure on the quarterback while playing the run on the way. So I’m excited to be a part of a scheme that does that.

Wide receiver Joe Anderson at Bears minicamp.

They were ready to step in. We had very few, if any, mental errors there. They were running full speed and we were catching the football when we had the opportunity. So it was good for them to get the reps and get the reps against our top players on defense. Those are all good things. • Bears center Roberto Garza cited significant differences for the offensive linemen in the new scheme compared to what the club operated in 2012 with Mike Tice as the offensive coordinator. The hope is the new wrinkles yield much better results, considering quarterback Jay Cutler suffered 38 sacks last season. “Totally different offense, totally different techniques,” Garza said. (Offensive coordinator Aaron) Kromer comes from a different line of techniques.

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But the Texans apparently took a liking to him after he had a killer workout for them. They had some long conversations with him in the days leading up to the draft, leaving Anderson with the impression they would take him in the fourth round. They did not take him at all, nor did any other team. That put a damper on the draft party his family held for him. Afterward, a discouraged Anderson found himself alone in his mother’s bedroom, crying, praying and telling God he wouldn’t give up. The next morning, the phone rang. On the other line was Bears player development director Isaiah Harris, offering a tryout at rookie camp. “I said, ‘I’ll take that,’ ” Anderson said.

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We passed by thickets of rhododendron and through a landscape dotted with flowering mountain laurel and herbs such as teaberry, Solomon’s seal and wild ginger before making our way up to the ridgeline and the bear cub. Then it was off to the falls themselves — where Abrams Creek drops 20 feet off a rock ledge to a wide pool. The roaring of the falls, the sounds of people splashing their feet in the water and the shouts of shock from a few brave souls who dove into the chilly April water filled the air and gave a sense of peace found in few places in the modern world. “At the end of every hike, there’s a jewel,” said Terre Maisel from Mettawa, Ill. 10Best: 10 incredible animals that live in U.S. national parks There’s good news and bad news for park visitors this year. Newfound Gap Road, which runs in the park between Tennessee and North Carolina, reopened in mid-April. The road had been closed since a major landslide took out 200 feet of mountainside road in January.

With the Bears, Ellis probably will be one of the wave tackles coming off the bench behind starters Henry Melton and Stephen Paea. After the offseason losses of Israel Idonije, Matt Toeaina and Amobi Okoye, the team was lacking depth at the position. So Ellis is a welcome addition. He will need to play both three technique and nose tackle, but the Bears were attracted to him because of his ability to rush the passer as a three technique. If he can do that well, Ellis will spend most of his time at that position. As a result, Ellis said he is “almost guaranteeing” his production will spike. “A lot of times in the NFL it’s not only about how talented you are, but the scheme you play in, the coaches you have, things like that,” he said. “It all plays together. Players have to match coaches and schemes.” Motivation should not be an issue for Ellis.

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