Training camp watch: Bears work out free agent WR Holmes

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8/6/2014 10:27:50 AM
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With NFL training camps underway, the league is abuzz with position battles, injury news and rookies making an immediate impact.

Each day, provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NFL beat.

Finding a New Holme'?

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears worked out free agent wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Ben Obamanu on Tuesday.

The Bears are looking to add depth to the wide receiver position after projected No. 3 Marquess Wilson underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone. Wilson is projected to return at some point in the regular season, though no timetable has been set.

Holmes spent last season with the New York Jets and had 23 receptions for 456 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. He has not had a 1,000 yard season since he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009, he was traded the following offseason to the Jets.

Obamanu was cut by the Jets in October and not picked up by any other team. His most productive seasons came with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and 2011; he had over 400 yards in each of those seasons.

The Bears roster currently features receivers Eric Weems, Chris Williams, Josh Morgan, Michael Spurlock, Armanti Edwards, Josh Bellamy and Dale Moss all fighting for roles behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey.

Coach Marc Trestman indicated during his press conference on Tuesday that another receiver would be signed by Thursday.

Striding to a Start?

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland thinks Tuesday's Browns practice could be "regarded as the day the light went on for Johnny Manziel."

Manziel split time with Brian Hoyer working with the first-team offence, but had one of his best showings to date. ESPN Cleveland reports Manziel went 15-for-27 passing, finishing practice with an over 50 per cent completion rate for just the second time in camp.

Coach Mike Pettine admitted after practice the former Texas A&M star is "making strides."

Manziel took first-team reps for the third straight day on Wednesday.

Hoyer will start Saturday's preseason game for the Browns, but the reports on Manziel have entirely positive since he stood out in last Saturday's team scrimmage.

Turning to Teddy

The Minnesota Vikings plan to give rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater first-team snaps at some point in the preseason.

Matt Cassel was listed as the team's starting quarterback on their first depth chart and is expected start the team's opening preseason game but Bridgewater will be given a chance to pass Cassel in the starting race.

The Vikings traded up to select Bridgewater 32nd overall in May's draft and appear to have confidence in the Louisville product.

"We need to play Teddy with the first line," offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tuesday. "We need to mix a lot of players. I think we're still trying to work that out in terms of how we want to do it. I know Coach [Mike] Zimmer has a plan in place. It will be a number of plays, and we want to see Teddy play. He needs to play to get through that the first time going out."

ESPN's Ben Goessling reports Bridgewater had a strong day in practice on Monday, completing 8-of-10 passes in the 11-on-11 drill with the second-team offence.

Sitting Sam

The St. Louis Rams will not having starting quarterback Sam Bradford when they open their preseason against the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

Bradford will sit out for precautionary reasons as he works his way back from a torn ACL, which he tore in Week 7.

Bradford is expected to be in full health for Week 1 of the regular season.

Santonio Holmes (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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