WR Kris Adams giving Bears’ offense deeper meaning
By SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 20, 2011 8:24PM
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:26AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Overall, the Bears’ defense outplayed the offense at training camp. But the offensive player wearing No. 84 was among those who generated the most raves.
Kris Adams, an undrafted receiver from UTEP, regularly hauled in deep passes, and he led all players in last Saturday’s 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills with three catches for 58 yards.
‘‘He can go get it,’’ Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie. ‘‘I’ve hit him on a couple. He looks impressive going to get the deep ball.’’
After the additions of Roy Williams and Sam Hurd, the Bears have a lot of depth at receiver, unlike last year. But undrafted rookies Adams and Dane Sanzenbacher have distinguished themselves.
‘‘I just want to come out and practice hard,’’ Adams said. ‘‘I’m trying to make a spot on the team. I know with the number of receivers they’re going to keep and the number of veteran guys, it’s going to be hard. So I just want to show what I can do and move up on the depth chart and play well in the preseason games. So if I don’t get a shot here, it will open up other opportunities.’’
Adams said the playbook was difficult at first, but he’s gotten used to it. Currently, Adams plays the same position (flanker) as Devin Hester. Sanzenbacher has an edge because he plays in the slot, behind Earl Bennett.
But both Adams and Sanzenbacher need to assert themselves on special teams.
‘‘I’m on kickoff return, and I’m a gunner on punts,’’ Adams said. ‘‘I’m trying to get some opportunities there in the preseason games.’’
Veteran offensive lineman Frank Omiyale said the biggest challenge for his unit is communication.
‘‘As long as we’re all on the same page, we all work good, then the play will work like it’s supposed to,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s what we’re working on. We should be good.’’
Omiyale stressed patience but said he expected the line to play better against the New York Giants than it did against the Bills. Part of the reason, he said, is because the Giants play a 4-3 (four defensive linemen, three linebackers) defense.
‘‘That should make it easier,’’ he said. ‘‘But we’ll just have to see.’’
Williams said finding an identity is a key for the offense as a whole.
‘‘I’m sure by Week 1 we’ll have to have an identity, some type of ‘who we are,’ ’’ he said. ‘‘It’s going to be a great test against the Giants. They’ve got some great ends, some good linebackers and a good secondary.
‘‘Who are we? We’ll find out.’’