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Quick Hits: Bears top pick Gordon 'lighting it up'


The ball skills that second-round pick Kyler Gordon demonstrated at Washington were on display during the Bears' first two OTA practices Monday and Tuesday.

On one play, the rookie cornerback ran stride-for-stride with receiver Chris Finke, stopped on a dime, turned around and leaped high in the air to intercept the ball.

"Kyler's been lighting it up the last two days, I'll just tell you that," coach Matt Eberflus said following Tuesday's practice. "The guy's got tremendous ball skills. He's been playing defense the right way and we're very impressed with him.

"He's doing a good job the first two days. He's young. He's got a lot to learn, but we're excited where he is with his ball-hawking skills, no question."

Gordon's athleticism has also been evident on the practice field.

"You see guys being able to bend and contort and have body control," Eberflus said. "Man, that's been really good. He's got a lot to learn because when you're playing corner in the NFL, you have a lot of skill sets you have to cover. You have to cover guys from all different types, all different skill levels. That's a big task and it's a hard position to play. So, he's got work to do and he's going to do that."

Faith in Getsy: New Bears center Lucas Patrick described his belief in first-year offensive coordinator Luke Getsy in one word: "Unshakable," Patrick said.

Patrick and Getsy both joined the Bears this year after working together with the Packers. Getsy was Green Bay's receivers coach during Patrick's first two NFL seasons in 2016-17. After spending one year at Mississippi State in 2018, Getsy returned to Green Bay in 2019, serving as quarterbacks coach the past three years as well as passing game coordinator in 2020-21.

"Every time I've seen him work with players, I've seen the progress," Patrick said. "In the wide receiver room he started with in Green Bay, [there were] a bunch of studs that he made better. He went into that QB room and I'm pretty sure that guy (Aaron Rodgers) won an MVP. Now, he's coming to be our OC.

"Everything he does well and he's like a really good person. It's really easy to go and run through a brick wall for a coach that you believe in."

Quarterback-friendly offense: Having signed with the Bears in March, quarterback Trevor Siemian is now with his sixth NFL team. The veteran backup played in a variety of different offenses with the Broncos, Vikings, Jets, Titans and Saints and likes the scheme that Getsy is installing.

"It's been great," Siemian said. "The system has bounced around the league quite a bit. There's different variations of it all over, so it's cool to see Luke put his own twist on it and carry some things over that have been patterns of success throughout the league, but also have his little nuances.

"For quarterbacks, it's an easy system to play fast in. It gives you a chance to run the ball well. You look around the league, and teams generally that run it well, those are the teams playing in December and January. There's nuances to the footwork and some things I'm getting the hang of, and I'm thankful for Luke and [quarterbacks coach] Andrew [Janocko], because they're helping us big time."

Joint workouts unlikely: According to Eberflus, the Bears probably aren't going to practice with another NFL team this summer during training camp.

"I don't think we are," Eberflus said. "I'm in conversation with one of them right now and that might come up. I'm not going to say their name … we could potentially do one, but I don't foresee it happening right now."

The Bears are scheduled to play their three preseason games against the Chiefs Saturday, Aug. 13 in Chicago, the Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 18 in Seattle and the Browns Saturday, Aug. 27 in Cleveland.

Check out Tuesday's action from the practice fields as the Bears continue the first week of Organized Team Activities at Halas Hall.

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