Matt Eberflus delivers, receivers step up, injury update, roster changes

Intensify: The Bears were thin at receiver on Saturday. In addition to Pringle and Harry, rookie Velus Jones Jr. and fifth-year pro Dante Pettis did not practice.

One player who benefited from the increased reps was veteran Tajae Sharpe, who made some impressive catches from quarterback Justin Fields. Sharpe opened training camp on the non-football injured list before being pulled last Tuesday.

“When you have a guy like that, it’s great,” Eberflus said. “That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Guys go down, guys step in and Tajae did a good job. We’re excited to have him back. He’s back now and he’s looking good in the exercises.”

Sharpe signed with the Bears on May 12. He appeared in 66 NFL games with 36 starts for the Titans (2016-19), Vikings (2020) and Falcons (2021), catching 117 passes for 1,397 yards and eight touchdowns. Last year he played in 15 games with seven starts for Atlanta, recording 25 receptions for 230 yards.

Be ready : For the second day in a row, the Bears held drills against scout teams.

“You have to do it because in professional football you have different front variants, different protection rules and that kind of thing,” Eberflus said. “And then on defense you play different quarterbacks through the year that sometimes will make more quarterback runs than normal, and you really have to have your rules for that, that’s why we have it. do.”

List moves: The Bears signed linebacker DeMarquis Gates on Saturday and linebacker Christian Albright waived/injured.

Gates originally entered the NFL with the Browns in 2018 as an undrafted free agent from Mississippi. But he was waived before training camp. He also spent time with Washington (2019) and the Vikings (2020) but did not appear in an NFL regular season game. This spring, Gates was named an All-USFL after helping the Birmingham Stallions win the USFL Championship.

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