Bears WR Roy Williams lobbying for passes
BY SEAN JENSEN & JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com August 17, 2011 8:44PM
Chester Taylor (right), who has been getting snaps with the Bears' second team, says he “is just trying to take advantage of my reps.” | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP
Updated: November 3, 2011 10:15AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After a brief appearance in the preseason opener, new Bears receiver Roy Williams is trying to do all he can to gain the favor of quarterback Jay Cutler.
‘‘I’m just trying to be where I’m supposed to be when I’m supposed to be there, and not fooling him. That’s our No. 1 goal,’’ Williams said. ‘‘And I’m just trying to talk to him off of the field, trying to be buddy-buddy, trying to get a couple balls. That’s how it works.’’
Williams winked, emphasizing his playful comment before concluding, ‘‘He kind of gives me the cold shoulder every once in a while.’’
While the Bears have high hopes for Cutler-to-Williams, that duo hasn’t produced many highlights during training camp. Still, Cutler is excited about Williams’ development and acclimation.
‘‘You can see more glimpses of Roy Williams each and every day on film,” Cutler said. ‘‘So hopefully by Monday, he’ll be ready to go.’’
Hester mum on scandal
Receiver Devin Hester, who sat out of practice because he was ‘‘nicked up,’’ made it very clear that talking about his days at Miami and booster Nevin Shapiro is off limits.
Yahoo! Sports named Hester as one of 72 players in the program who allegedly received multiple cash gifts from Shapiro, including $3,000 for an engagement ring; tickets to a Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons playoff game; drinks and VIP access at nightclubs; multiple meals at Miami-area restaurants; food, drinks, entertainment and lodging at Shapiro’s $2.7 million Miami Beach home; entertainment on Shapiro’s $1.6 million yacht; jet skis, a suit, shoes and other clothing, and $7,500 in bounties from game performances.
Hester’s latest response was, ‘‘I’m here to talk Chicago Bears football. I’m here for all of you, but anything other than that, no comment.’’
Taylor presses forward
Bears backup running back Chester Taylor doesn’t concern himself with numbers and theories.
‘‘Whenever I’m in there, I try to do my best,” he said. ‘‘I’m just trying to take advantage of my reps.’’
The running back position seems crowded with starter Matt Forte and newly acquired veteran Marion Barber. Kahlil Bell also is in the mix. But Taylor is still getting the second-team snaps.
Given the frequency of injuries at the position, though, the Bears appear to be relishing the depth they have.
Linebacker Brian Urlacher didn’t practice because of what coach Lovie Smith called ‘‘general soreness.’’
◆ Rookie linebacker J.T. Thomas returned to practice after being sidelined with a hip injury.