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The Bears had their most extensive live tackling session of training camp Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. Center Hroniss Grasu’s right knee injury cast a pall over the practice, but there were other meaningful takeaways despite a number...

Observations from the Bears' scrimmage Saturday

The Bears had their most extensive live tackling session of training camp Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. Center Hroniss Grasu’s right knee injury cast a pall over the practice, but there were other meaningful takeaways despite a number...

Observations from the Bears' scrimmage Saturday

The Bears had their most extensive live tackling session of training camp Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. Center Hroniss Grasu’s right knee injury cast a pall over the practice, but there were other meaningful takeaways despite a number of key players out due to injury or precaution.

The first-string offense took 11 snaps against the second defense. And the second offense had 12 snaps against the top defense. Here are some observations from the practice:

1. Receiver Kevin White had a 19-yard reception over the middle, a good sign as he continues to tackle the NFL route tree.

White beat cornerback De’Vante Bausby on an in-breaking route, separating from him at the top of his break and then running away from him. Quarterback Jay Cutler had time for the route to develop, and he led White perfectly, enabling him to gain yards after the catch.

Now, it’s fair to say seventh-overall pick Kevin White should beat De’Vante Bausby more often than not. But the Bears have been impressed by Bausby, a 6-foot-2 corner they claimed off waivers last season from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Regardless of who played cornerback, it was a look at White’s development and physical ability after the catch. He turned the corner after catching the pass and fought for more yards.

“He played in an offense (at West Virginia) that really wasn't quite as exact in the routes and the splits,” receivers coach Curtis Johnson said Friday. “It's a lot on his plate for a young player that didn't play much last year. But the one thing is he's determined to do it. He’s always up, he's always in his playbook.”

Just as encouraging, White was tackled twice and got up. That’s his first taste of tackle football since December 2014. He actually had a second catch on a quick screen pass, but it was negated by a holding penalty.

Photos of the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

2. Rookie defensive end Jonathan Bullard had a sack against the third string offense because he got off the line of scrimmage right as the ball was snapped.

Bullard’s terrific get-off was one of the traits that most attracted the Bears to him coming out of Florida. He studies tendencies in offensive linemen’s stances and the snap count to try to play as fast as possible.

Well, when the third stringers were matched up, Bullard got into the backfield before tackle Dan Buccholz got out of his stance. Now, again, Bullard needs to beat Buccholz, an undrafted rookie out of Duquesne who was signed July 29, to prove he’s ready for regular season duty. On this play, he did. Bullard swam over Buccholz and nearly took quarterback Connor Shaw’s fake handoff.

3. Leonard Floyd shed tight end Gannon Sinclair’s block to tackle Jacquizz Rodgers on a running play.

As Floyd described last week, coaches have been teaching him to use his long arms to extend on blocks and then pull through to shed them.

“You’ve got to snatch and get off quickly,” Floyd said Thursday. “That’s the biggest thing they’ve been coaching us up on. It works well for me. I can always do it better than what I’m doing it now. That’s one of my goals, is to just get better at locking out and snatching.”

The 6-foot-7 Sinclair has length to match Floyd’s, but the Bears’ first-round pick got full extension against Sinclair and then suddenly got off the block to pop Rodgers. The play was negated by a holding penalty against guard Ted Larsen, but coaches will be happy with how Floyd executed. He continues to impress with his ability to strike blockers in run defense and use his length.

Photos of the Bears' first-round pick in 2016.

4. Speaking of Larsen, he was involved in another melee. Actually, I’d call this one a full-on brawl.

The bench almost emptied completely. Linebacker Lamin Barrow immediately threw punches against Larsen when they were locked up, so it makes you wonder what happened in that tight space. Barrow also kicked him on the ground.

Larsen has fought Lamarr Houston, Christian Jones and now Barrow. This seems senseless. It’s getting old, and coach John Fox agrees.

“It was disappointing today,” Fox said. “That kind stuff happens a little bit at camp, but we’re getting too close to games. You’ve got to be able to control that and not lose control of your emotions. We’ve got work to do.”

Right guard Kyle Long was one of many players who ran off the sideline to get involved. He launched himself into the pile like a human missle, which is probably counterproductive to the team’s greater goals. Meanwhile, Larsen is solidifying his reputation as an agitator.

5. Robbie Gould had a terrific day, making all 14 of his field-goal attempts.

Thirteen of them were toward the north end zone, where he missed two potential game-winners last December.

In the special teams period, he hit from 23 yards; 30; three attempts from 33; 36; 37; two from 38; two from 40; 43 and 47. He connected from 49 yards toward the south end zone during the third-team matchup.

Compare Gould’s 14-for-14 performance was quite an improvement from his 6-of-12 mark at last year’s Soldier Field practice.

6. Some quick-hitters to empty the notebook:

- Defensive end Mitch Unrein had a sack. He's not relinquishing his role soon.

- Before center Hroniss Grasu got hurt, officials whistled him for a false start foul for a sudden pre-snap movement of the ball. That’s a point of emphasis this season, so keep an eye out for that.

Bears center Hroniss Grasu suffers 'fairly serious' right knee injury Rich Campbell

Hroniss Grasu's strong preseason tumbled into uncertainty Saturday afternoon when the Bears second-year center suffered a right knee injury that required him to leave the Soldier Field sideline on a cart.

Grasu went down without being contacted, and he did so right in front of coach John Fox. 

...

Hroniss Grasu's strong preseason tumbled into uncertainty Saturday afternoon when the Bears second-year center suffered a right knee injury that required him to leave the Soldier Field sideline on a cart.

Grasu went down without being contacted, and he did so right in front of coach John Fox. 

... (Rich Campbell)

- Inside linebacker John Timu tackled running back Ka’Deem Carey for a loss, shooting a gap and running down Carey near the sideline.

- Lamarr Houston tackled Carey on a screen pass by getting off his block, turning and diving at Carey’s feet. It was a good hustle play.

- Here are some unofficial stats from the scrimmage, by my count…

PASSING

Jay Cutler: 3 of 5, 53 yards; one of his incompletions was a drop by tight end Tony Moeaki

Brian Hoyer: 2 of 6, 12 yards

RUSHING

Jeremy Langford: 3 carries for 21 yards, with a long of 15

Jordan Howard had two carries of at least 10 yards against the first-string defense, demonstrating an effectively ability to cut back. He also ran with the last group, and by that time monitoring Grasu’s injury had become my priority, so I didn’t tally his third-team rushes. Still, Fox said he was pleased overall by how the running game fared.

RECEIVING

Kevin White: 1 catch for 19 yards

- Saturday's injury report:

WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice

TE Zach Miller (concussion) did not practice

WR Eddie Royal (concussion) did not practice

ILB Danny Trevathan<CQ> (knee) did not practice

TE Greg Scruggs (bruised lung) did not practice

OLB Roy Robertson-Harris<CQ> (illness) did not practice

ILB Nick Kwiatkoski<CQ> (hamstring) did not practice

WR Derek Keaton (leg) did not practice

TE Ben Braunecker<CQ> (right ankle) did not practice

OLB Pernell McPhee (left knee) is on the PUP list

WR Marquess Wilson is on the PUP list

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