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Cutler Watch: Holding his own against the first-team ‘D’


Friday 9-11:30 a.m.

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

Updated: September 3, 2013 7:48AM

For the second consecutive day, Jay Cutler showed that if he gets the time, he can do some damage against the Bears’ first-team defense.

Cutler got off to a slow start (some batted passes) on Thursday but found his rhythm later on (which he has done throughout camp). He displayed some touch (lofting a pass over Charles Tillman to Brandon Marshall), found tight end Fendi Onobun wide-open for a touchdown and did well in third-down situations.

And there was more. Cutler made long completions to Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and tight end Martellus Bennett throughout practice. It was the second straight day that big gains by the offense were noticeable.

Coach Marc Trestman said he was happy with all the “explosive plays” but contained his excitement.

“I always try to temper myself because until you see the tape, you don’t know whether they’re legitimate because you don’t always see what’s going on up front,” Trestman said. “Julius Peppers could be making a play, and he stops to let Jay make the throw.

“We see that we have the ability to have explosive plays, certainly, but it’s 11 guys who’ve got to do their job. And until you watch the tape, you really don’t know.”

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