Bears 1st Round Pick Set For Action: TE Olsen To Help Sputtering Pass Attack

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Five Bears were held out of practice Wednesday: Alex Brown (ankle), Ruben Brown (shoulder), Tommie Harris (hamstring), Olin Kreutz (ankle) and Ricky Manning Jr. (back).

Punter Brad Maynard had limited participation coming back from a groin injury.

Lovie Smith said all the players held out Wednesday will be back for today’s practice and certainly ready for Sunday Nite’s showdown against Dallas.

Rookie TE Greg Olsen (31st overall – Miami) continues to practice with a brace on his left knee. Smith expects to have Olsen back and prepared to suit up and play this Sunday. I expect Olsen to make an impact right away and look for him to have a couple of big catches early, as they implement him sooner rather than later, with his receptions being able to move the chains and open up the field on key third down situations. At 6-foot 6, 255 pounds, he is a mismatch for most LB’s because of his speed and versatility, and he makes defensive backs look tiny, compared to his big, stature and tall frame. Olsen’s return should help ignite a dismal Bears aerial game and it should give Chicago another weapon to throw to – lets just hope #8 gets the time from his offensive line, with the protection needed to make precise throws, as he and the Bears offense will go up against a strong, relentless pass rushing squad in Dallas. I see Olsen becoming a vital factor in the red zone and he will overtake Clark for the starting job in the next week or so – he is that good! This Hurricane will make a “wave”, as he is too good not to contribute in the passing game and his ideal size, strength, hands, and quickness make him an elite prospect to become of the best TE’s in all of football. I want to see the good connection between Olsen and Rex this Sunday for at least a couple of pass catches, as they will better develop the chemistry and rhythm to make a solid 1-2 punch for the 30th ranked offense (6th ranked Defense needs help now!), that needs all the help it can get to re-gain its form from last season.

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