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Cutler watch: QB connecting with Alshon Jeffery

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Saturday - 6:45-8:45 p.m. (Soldier Field)

Sunday - No practice

Monday - 3:15-5 p.m.

Tuesday - 9-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday - 9-11:30 a.m.

Thursday - No practice

Friday - at Panthers, 7 p.m.

Saturday - No practice

Sunday - 3:15-5 p.m.

Monday - 9-11:30 a.m.

Updated: September 4, 2013 6:15AM

The Bears’ offense looks better every day, and every day quarterback Jay Cutler connects more often with second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

On Friday, Cutler got off to a fast start, throwing a back-shoulder touchdown pass to Jeffery. It was part of another solid overall day by Cutler in team drills.

Coach Marc Trestman highlighted Cutler’s ability to make back-shoulder throws, something the Bears have practiced extensively and has been missing from their offense on a consistent basis the last few years.

“The biggest thing is he has to measure the receiver’s route, and the receiver really has to stay on the route,” Trestman said. “If he stays on the route, then the quarterback can determine the location of the throw by where the defensive back is. If he’s playing high, he’ll back-shoulder; if the receiver can get over the top, he’ll try to put the ball over the top.

“It takes special people to be able to make these throws and measure that kind of trajectory and pinpoint them. Jay and QBs throughout this league are capable of doing that, and it’s a very important gift.”

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