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Chalk Talk: How has Javon Wims performed?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

How has Javon Wims fared in training camp? I was a big fan of his when he played at Georgia and it seems like he’s an under-the-radar guy with all of the depth and talent the Bears have at the receiver position.
Eddie P.
Rome, Georgia

I think that receiver Javon Wims has had an excellent training camp to this point. He’s made some impressive plays in practice, even this past Monday when it rained throughout the session and other receivers were dropping passes in the slick conditions. Wims possesses size, good hands and a lot of potential. Not sure if you know this, but the 2018 seventh-round pick from Georgia led the entire NFL with 227 receiving yards last preseason when he caught 15 passes, including one touchdown. It’s going to be tough to earn playing time with such a deep receiving corps, but another productive preseason would certainly help Wims. Here is what coach Matt Nagy recently had to say about Wims: “It takes time. I think he’s finding out who he is and we’re finding out where he fits in the offense. But I like his size, I like what he does as a route runner. It’s what we saw at Georgia.”

With Matt Nagy becoming head coach last year, there was a lot of talk about all the players learning a new offense. How is Cordarrelle Patterson doing in that regard in his first year with the Bears?
Todd P.
Arlington, Virginia

Matt Nagy is very pleased with the grasp that Cordarrelle Patterson has on the offense in his first training camp with the Bears. Nagy is also making sure that he doesn’t put too much on Patterson’s plate, which is something that could happen given that the versatile playmaker is expected to contribute in multiple roles on offense and special teams. Here’s what Nagy recently had to say about Patterson: ‘Cordarrelle has done a really good job at taking in this offense. Going into it we were just kind of learning who he was: Is he a certain position in the offense? Does he have multiple positions? What can he handle mentally? So far he's passing the test. I love where he's at. Mentally, I think that he's in a real good spot. But what I need to do and we need to do as coaches is make sure the overload thing doesn’t happen because it’s easy sometimes to find a toy and want to use it all the time. We have a lot of toys we feel like but we've got to make sure that we use them right.”

I’ve heard Bears coach Matt Nagy talk about a 10-10-10 practice. What exactly is that?
Ray F.
Somerset, Kentucky

It’s a practice where plays are run off cards versus the offense and defense rather than each unit competing against each other with their own plays as is the case in the majority of training camp practices. The 10-10-10 refers to 10 plays for the offense, 10 plays for the defense and 10 minutes of special teams. The Bears repeat that three times. The 10-10-10 practices are usually shorter (and less interesting to watch) than regular training camp workouts.

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