Nagy wags fin­ger: Tru­bisky, Foles are hold­ing back

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY PA­TRICK FIN­LEY, STAFF RE­PORTER pfin­ley@suntimes.com | @patrick­fin­ley

Nei­ther Mitch Tru­bisky nor Nick Foles was par­tic­u­larly ac­cu­rate with his passes dur­ing prac­tice Tues­day. Still, Bears coach Matt Nagy would have pre­ferred to see both be more ag­gres­sive with their throws, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing seven-on­seven drills.

In­stead, he said, they checked down too of­ten.

“[That] is a good time to test it,” Nagy said. “Even if it’s not so much the great­est read, test it and see what some of these play­ers can do.”

Such drills take place with­out block­ers or de­fen­sive line­men. The quar­ter­backs take snaps from a cen­ter and throw to five pass catch­ers. Although Nagy of­fered a caveat about what he saw — as with ev­ery as­pect of the quar­ter­back derby, he’ll have to check the prac­tice tape — he sounded dis­ap­pointed.

The sea­son opener looms Sept. 13. Nagy again said he’ll take his time nam­ing a starter.

“I didn’t think they tested it enough to­day,” he said.

Two kick­ers, just in case

Hours af­ter sign­ing, Cairo San­tos be­came the first Bear to kick field goals in a padded prac­tice in camp. Af­ter­ward, Nagy said the Bears will keep two kick­ers through­out the sea­son as in­sur­ance against a coro­n­avirus out­break.

San­tos and Eddy Pineiro, the nom­i­nal starter, are el­i­gi­ble for the prac­tice squad this year. Pineiro still hasn’t kicked while he nurses a slight groin in­jury.

“Cairo is here be­cause of the plan that we had all along, which is to have a backup kicker,” Nagy said. “And then, if some­thing does hap­pen to Eddy, we feel very good with Cairo. That’s the ‘why’ part.”

Nagy was a Chiefs as­sis­tant coach in San­tos’ first three sea­sons in Kansas City from 2014 to 2017. San­tos also kicked for the Beas briefly in 2017.

“When Eddy feels like he’s ready to get out there and start kick­ing again, that’s what we’re go­ing to do,” Nagy said. “Now, if it gets to a point where we feel like he’s not ready, then we feel com­fort­able with Cairo be­ing our kicker in Week 1 if that’s the case. We’ve just got to see.”

Not wor­ried?

Nagy con­tin­ues to claim his “con­cern level is not high at all” about when re­ceiver Allen Robinson and de­fen­sive line­man Akiem Hicks will re­turn. Both play­ers re­mained out of prac­tice Tues­day with an­kle and quadri­ceps in­juries, re­spec­tively.

“I think, for us, it goes back to mak­ing sure that what­ever hap­pens, we do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble so they’re ready for Week 1,” Nagy said. “They’re prob­a­bly all go­ing to be at dif­fer­ent lev­els for when they re­turn, but I’m not con­cerned.”

This and that

Prac­tice was paused for about an hour be­cause of light­ning in the area. Nagy said the play­ers were slug­gish upon re­turn­ing af­ter the break, “so we had to get on them a lit­tle bit.”

Swing tackle Ja­son Spriggs, who was hurt in Satur­day’s scrim­mage, has a sprained knee and is day-to-day. Re­ceiver Thomas Ives has an in­jured glute, while cor­ner­back Michael Joseph has a knee in­jury.

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