CHICAGO -- An announced crowd of 23,492 watched the Chicago Bears conduct a 36-play live scrimmage at Family Fest inside Soldier Field.
Here are three quick takeaways from the practice.
1. First-team offense struggles: The No. 1 offense didn't accomplish much during its brief time on the field against the No. 2 defense -- starters Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery were held out for precautionary reasons. Quarterback Jay Cutler completed only 1-of-5 pass attempts, failing on multiple occasions to connect with tight end Martellus Bennett. Eddie Royal made a difficult catch near the far sideline to account for Cutler's only completion. Head coach John Fox didn't have much to say about the offense during the three minutes he spoke to the media. "This is a 36-play scrimmage," Fox said. "We've got four preseason games where we get chance to look and evaluate and help us make our 53-man roster decisions. [That will help us] hopefully get better in all three phases."
2. Kevin White update: The rookie wideout played catch on the field before practice and seemed to be in good spirits when he roamed the sideline during the scrimmage. White is supposed to test out his injured shin by doing light running next week, perhaps as early as Monday. Fox declined to give any specifics about White's recovery, but rest assured the offense would greatly benefit from White being on the field in Week 1. "I'll leave that to the medical people. I'm not a doctor," Fox said in regards to White's rehab plan. "He's making progress. We have a plan in place and he's going along with that plan."
3. Special teams hiccup: Normally automatic place kicker Robbie Gould missed several field goals during the special teams portion of practice. The most accurate kicker in team history, Gould is still trying to perfect his chemistry and timing with long snappers Thomas Gafford and Rick Lovato. "It's early. We've got two snappers that are new to our kicker," Fox said. "I think we are trying to evaluate those guys. It's not an excuse, it's just a reality. It's still early in the process and we're very confident in the job Robbie can do." Gould stayed after practice to kick extra field goals.