Wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias, the Bears' third-round pick, isn't yet in quarterback Jay Cutler's "Fave Five," but the veteran has already reached out to touch the rookie.
"I haven't had a chance to meet with him, but as soon as I got drafted he was one of the first texts I got, which was kind of welcoming," Iglesias said after Friday's first practice of the three-day rookie minicamp. "He just said that he's ready to work with me and he's glad I'm a Bear. I'm glad I'm a Bear, too, and I'm glad to get a chance to work with him. He's a great quarterback, and I'm excited about it."
Iglesias, the 99th overall selection last weekend, was a three-year starter at Oklahoma and the Sooners' go-to guy the past two years. Since wide receiver is considered a Bears weakness, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Iglesias will have a chance to contribute immediately, unlike last year's third-round pick, wide receiver Earl Bennett, who failed to catch a pass all season.
"Last year, we had a luxury of having two veteran guys there (Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd) and we could slow Bennett's progress down some," Bears wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said. "We may accelerate (Iglesias') progress a little."
Grand slam: Vanderbilt was already well represented on the roster, with linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, offensive tackle Chris Williams and wide receiver Earl Bennett, even before cornerback D.J. Moore was drafted in the fourth round and wide receiver George Smith was invited to a tryout.
Bennett welcomed Moore and Smith to town by taking them out to eat Thursday night. He didn't spend too much of last year's signing bonus, though, since they dined at Denny's. But it wasn't a case of Bennett being cheap, according to Moore.
"We made the decision," Moore said, laughing. "We wanted to go to Denny's. It was the closest thing."
Smith is one of 25 players invited to try out this weekend at the rookie minicamp, which also includes the nine undrafted free agents who were signed Monday and the nine draft choices.
Versatile big man: When the Bears drafted Lance Louis in the seventh round, they said the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder would play tight end, which was a bit of a surprise considering his girth, even though he ran a 4.74 40 at San Diego State's pro day.
But Friday Louis lined up at left tackle and left guard, where most 300-pounders should be, and he was listed as a guard on the roster.
"I'm whatever will help the team," Louis said when asked to clear up the confusion. "Wherever they need me to play, I'll play it. I'm not complaining."
Louis was a tight end in his first two seasons with the Aztecs, but he grew into an offensive lineman.