Three picks in practice don’t faze Bears backup Caleb Hanie
By MARK POTASH email@example.com August 16, 2011 9:28PM
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:29AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A day after effectively being benched in practice in favor of rookie Nathan Enderle, quarterback Caleb Hanie returned to his customary backup role behind Jay Cutler in practice Tuesday night.
Hanie was miffed at losing practice reps after an up-and-down performance in the Bears’ preseason opener Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. But he’s not concerned about losing his No. 2 spot. It’s just a part of playing for offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
‘‘Mike’s done that before with me; last season in training camp, too,’’ Hanie said. ‘‘Mike’s tough on his backup quarterbacks. It’s been his m.o. his whole career. I’m glad he is because it pushes me and makes me better.’’
Hanie was intercepted three times — by Craig Steltz, Corey Graham and Joshua Moore — in another inconsistent performance Tuesday. But having had no offseason, and with several new receivers learning Martz’s system, it’s going to take time to get the offense in sync, Hanie said.
‘‘Everyone’s trying to learn and progress at the same time while going at full speed,’’ Hanie said. ‘‘We’ve got a lot of new receivers, especially the young guys, that are just learning the offense. It’ll take a little bit to work through it.’’
Wootton scope a success
Defensive tackle Corey Wootton, who suffered a meniscus injury on the opening kickoff against the Bills, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss four weeks.
Wide receiver Kris Adams continued to get quality reps in practice after leading the team with three receptions for 58 yards against the Bills.
With Wootton out, undrafted free-agent defensive end Mario Addison is getting reps with the second-team line and starting linebackers and defensive backs.
But sixth-round draft pick J.T. Thomas is still out with a bum hip.