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Today No practice

Wednesday 9-11:30 a.m.

Thursday 9-11:30 a.m.

Friday 9-11:30 a.m.

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

Sunday No practice

Monday 3:15-5 p.m.

Updated: July 29, 2013 11:16PM

It took Jay Cutler just two throws Monday to give the fans at Olivet Nazarene University something to cheer about.

After getting off to slow starts the first few days of practice, Cutler completed his first two passes, the first a well-timed screen to running back Matt Forte for a long gain and the second an impressive touchdown strike to receiver Joe Anderson.

‘‘The offense really jump-started [things],’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘We had a competitive two-minute period to start it. We had two explosive plays and scored on the second play. The last time we had a two-minute period, the defense won that drill.’’

Trestman said the offense struggled in third-and-10 situations, but ‘‘when we went to the third-and-medium periods, the offense was very successful.’’

Top target Brandon Marshall had the day off to rest his surgically repaired hip, so Cutler worked with Anderson, Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett and others.

‘‘When Joe Anderson’s out there today because Brandon is down, he’s competing against our top players, and that gives him a chance to prove his value,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘And that’s what training camp is about.’’

— Adam L. Jahns

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