Sunday, December 21, 2014

Celek, McCoy Practicing; Coords Talk Bears

Tight end Brent Celek (hip bruise) confirmed he was practicing today, after your eagle-eyed Eagletarian saw him in the locker room with his practice uni on and his helmet in his hand.

Celek, McCoy Practicing; Coords Talk Bears

Tight end Brent Celek practiced on Friday. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Tight end Brent Celek practiced on Friday. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Tight end Brent Celek (hip bruise) confirmed he was practicing today, after your eagle-eyed Eagletarian saw him in the locker room with his practice uni on and his helmet in his hand.

Not present during my locker room sojourn was running back LeSean McCoy, who missed Thursday's practice with a stomach ailment. McCoy participated in the morning walkthrough, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. A bottle of Pedialyte sat in McCoy's locker stall. When the team took the field, McCoy was among the players on the field. It was unclear if he would be a full or partial participant, but he certainly is expected to play Monday night against the Bears.

The coordinator press conferences did not reveal anything startling. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo talked a lot about shutting down Bears running back Matt Forte, who accounts for 43.6 percent of Chicago's offense, as a runner and receiver. "Monday night is going to be about gang tackling," Castillo said.

Castillo said quarterback Jay Cutler, who threw four touchdown passes against the Eagles a year ago, can burn you if you load up too heavy against the run.

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Castillo called Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham "a special guy" but gave no clues as to whether Graham will be activated from PUP this week. Castillo said Graham is working his way into game shape.

Castillo predicted that middle linebacker Jamar Chaney will be a Pro Bowler someday.

Mornhinweg said he doesn't think people understand how much improvement Michael Vick has made with recognizing the defense, working the huddle, making presnap reads.

Mornhinweg also said the Bears' defense is better than its numbers, which he said were skewed by a couple of tough early games.

Special teams coordinator Bobby April praised Bears returner Devin Hester and special teams coasch Dave Toub, a former Eagles assistant. April said Toub should be considered for head coaching jobs, because his units are consistently excellent, which is the sort of thing that gets offensive and defensive coordinators such opportunities.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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