Phil Emery not worried about J’Marcus Webb providing Vikings with vital Bears info
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 2, 2013 10:10PM
Updated: September 2, 2013 10:26PM
The Bears made it a point to keep secrets this preseason, especially offensively. They didn’t want to provide opponents with any good tape on their new formations, personnel groupings and play calls.
But everything was used in practice. And offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb was present for nearly all of it before being cut Friday and claimed by the Vikings on Sunday.
General manager Phil Emery, though, isn’t worried that Webb will be able to provide the Vikings, whom the Bears host in Week 2, with all their offensive secrets.
“Secrets in this league are things that haven’t been on tape yet that people are working on [that] are going to show up in that particular game as far as an adjustment,” Emery said Monday.
“I don’t know if we’ve gotten that far in our game-planning for J’Marcus to be able to share those. I’m sure he’ll share some basics, just like what is natural. We’ll always ask the basics. But, really, it’s being able to be well-coached and making adjustments within a game that help produce wins from a coaching aspect.”
As for cutting Webb, who started every game at left tackle last season, Emery said he never gained “that sufficient level of consistency that we want out of our players.”
Veteran linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf) continues to do more in practice. But his status for Sunday against the Bengals remains undecided. Two more practices will help the Bears determine where he is.
“It’s really day-to-day, quite frankly,” coach Marc Trestman said. “[Williams] got some reps. He was out there. We’ll see where the rest of the week goes and make a decision accordingly based on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices to see where he is and the type of condition he’s in and the velocity of his reps.”
What trade talks?
Emery said there’s no truth to last week’s ESPN report that the Bears were looking at trades for receiver Earl Bennett.
“I’ll say up front that it didn’t come from us,” Emery said. “I don’t know the source of that tweet. We weren’t asked for confirmation, which I find odd. . . .
“A lot of people would say, ‘Well, then it probably came from another team,’ but that would surprise me, too, because that would constitute tampering, which is a very serious offense. So I’m really not sure what that was all about.”
The rumor also was news to Bennett, who was recently cleared after his concussion. Bennett called Emery “a man of his word” when asked about Emery’s dismissal of it.
“If he said it wasn’t, it wasn’t,” Bennett said.
Two more new guys
The Bears acquired tight end Dante Rosario from the Cowboys for a late conditional pick in 2014. Tight end Kyle Adams was waived.
Rosario, a six-year veteran, spent last season with the Chargers, making 10 receptions for 95 yards. In Week 2 against the Titans, he had four catches for 48 yards and three touchdowns. His most productive season came in 2009 with the Panthers when he had 26 catches for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bears completed their eight-man practice squad, signing offensive tackle Jamaal Johnson-Webb, who recently was waived by the Cardinals.