McClellin learning on the job

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Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin, the team’s first round pick and 19th overall in this past spring’s 2011 draft, struggled through a three-hour practice session Sunday, part of his indoctrination into the professional ranks.

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Running with the second and third teamers, the Boise State rookie was stymied during pass rush drills against fellow rookie offensive tackles James Brown and Tyler Hendrickson, both undrafted free agents. McClellin needs to continue to add bulk and strength to his 6-3, 260 pound frame, while adding some counter pass rush moves to hishttp://www.bearsclaws.com/category/bears-news/ repertoire. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and defensive line coach Mike Phair scolded McClellin on his technique during team drills. It’s part of the adjustment that McClellin will face in the NFL, transitioning to both the speed of the game as well as bigger, stronger athletes. Visibly frustrated after practice, McClellin said he “just has to do better, and improve his technique.” His learning curve

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and ability to contribute will be closely monitored and promises to be one of the story lines of the Bears 2012 season.

Elsewhere in camp, perhaps the most pleasant development is the new found depth of Chicago’s  receiving corps. Newcomers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery flashed immediately during team drills Sunday, continuing an early camp trend. Their size presents a matchup problem for even the most experienced defensive backs, which are left either having to gamble, or risk getting burned deep. Free agent import Eric Weems, holdover Dane Sanzenbacher, and undrafted rookie free agent Brittan Golden were also impressive.

Bears Bits: Newly acquired DT Bryan Price and CB Jeremy Ware watched practice from the sidelines. They’ll see their first action as members of the Bears when they suit up for Tuesday’s workout….DT Henry Melton took a turn fielding punts…..An interview with George McCaskey will air on the season debut of “Bears Claws” on Tuesday, August 7 at 9PM EST (8PM CST), www.blogtalkradio.com/bearsclaws  …..Former B ears QB Jim Miller visited camp as part of Sirius/XM’s NFL Radio “Training Camp” tour. The club has Monday off.

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