Bears General Manager Ryan Poles praised his top draft pick, offensive tackle Darnell Wright, after Wright “crushed” the Bears’ fitness test. It turns out there’s an excellent reason for that: Wright accidentally trained to take the wide receiver’s version of the test, making the offensive linemen test a breeze.
Wright said the Bears’ players were given written expectations of what they had to do to pass their fitness tests, and as Wright himself worked to get ready for training camp, he mistakenly opted out of the wide receiver test. Like any team, the Bears expect their receivers to finish a series of sprints much faster than the linemen can, but Wright got himself in shape to do what receivers do.
“I looked at the wide receivers’ running part of the practice, so I did theirs. So then I came back and obviously we have different, so,” Wright said.
Wright, who weighed 333 pounds at the Scouting Combine, said he lost 16 pounds of fat during his training and feels he benefited from it.
“More distance and lower time,” Wright said of the receivers’ version of the test. “It definitely feels better, it’s still a bit of an adjustment in terms of training strength, but I think I’m more powerful because I didn’t lose any muscle mass. You definitely feel a step faster.”
And the Bears feel good about a rookie who did more than was asked of him.