Martellus Bennett working on yards after catch
BY PATRICK FINLEY AND GAVIN CROWELL Staff Reporters July 26, 2014 10:48PM
Updated: August 28, 2014 6:57AM
BOURBONNAIS — Tight end Martellus Bennett wants to be a beast of burden.
Bennett has declared this season the ‘‘Year of the YAK,’’ misspelling the acronym for ‘‘yards after catch’’ on purpose.
‘‘I just like the animal — yak — better than the word YAC,’’ he said.
Bennett and quarterback Jay Cutler stayed late after the second day of camp Saturday to work on the latter.
‘‘Me and him have a plan this year in camp to constantly work on a different route each day,’’ Bennett said. ‘‘As a tight end, it’s really just about being in rhythm, just him knowing what’s going to happen on certain routes.’’
After a low throw from Cutler to Bennett nearly was intercepted by linebacker Jon Bostic, the two worked on lofting the ball higher.
‘‘We’re just trying to be in the same spot and be on the same page for everything,’’ Bennett said.
Battle of Bourbonnais
Offensive tackle Jordan Mills called his skirmish with defensive end Lamarr Houston — their second since organized team activities — ‘‘nothing but competition.’’
‘‘It happens when you have a lot of guys who are driven and want to win out there,’’ Mills said. ‘‘We’re teammates at the end of the day, and we won’t let it affect us.’’
It was the Bears’ second tussle in as many days.
‘‘We know that there are times in practice where a player may lose his mind,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘Fighting is a disciplinary issue. We would have lost both players [to ejection].’’
This and that
Defensive end Willie Young’s helmet came off during the skirmish, and he didn’t play the rest of practice. Trestman said Young had a sore quad.
◆ Linebacker Khaseem Greene, who intercepted a pass by Jordan Palmer, said losing a few pounds has made him ‘‘so confident.’’