A pass from Cutler "comes fast, and it's on you real quick," Davis said.
"Once you get used to running routes with him and catching the ball from him, it gets a little bit easier," Davis added. "But he throws the ball pretty hard, and the heat is still on the ball 20 yards down the field."
The Bears began the transition to their new quarterback when organized team activities started at Halas Hall with a healthy dose of passing drills, seven-on-seven and full-squad, non-contact scrimmaging.
"We've got a lot of young receivers, and they've got to get used to the way I throw the ball," Cutler said. "I thought Day 1 looked good."
No one complained, especially Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
"Just his arm strength, I've never been around anything like that before," Turner said. "And he's shown very good accuracy the little bit I've been around him."
Cutler threw for a franchise-record 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions with the Broncos in 2008. In his 37-game career in Denver, Cutler completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 9,024 yards, 54 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.
Cutler and some Bears receivers worked out on their own during the team's conditioning program. The quarterback also has spent a lot of time memorizing the Chicago playbook and going through film cutups of the offense.
"We've looked at a lot of stuff that Chicago has done in the past couple years," Cutler said. "We've looked at some of the stuff we've done in Denver. A lot of terminology is the same. With the West Coast system, just a lot of memorization, and we might call something 'A' and they call it 'B.'
"It's a little bit different, but the way we line up and get guys to different places, it's all the same."
The Bears and other NFL teams are allowed 14 organized team activity workouts before training camp starts. The highlight from Wednesday's first workout was easily the deep pass that Cutler threw to Hester to beat strong safety Kevin Payne for a touchdown.
Cutler called it a benefit to work with some players he knows. Wide receiver Earl Bennett, who played with Cutler at Vanderbilt, lined up at a starting spot opposite Hester. Right tackle Chris Williams also played at Vanderbilt with Cutler.
"I think anytime you come to a team that you're familiar with, and you've got some guys that I played with at Vandy, it makes the transition a lot better," Cutler said. "And the locker room is full of great guys, and they've welcomed me with open arms, so it's been nice."
In July, the fun will turn more serious at training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill. Cutler knows there will be pressure.
"I knew coming into it that anytime a team wants to make a trade like that and give up what they gave up, it's going to be a lot of pressure, a lot of high expectations, and I welcome it," Cutler said. "It's going to be fun. It's going to be a good challenge."
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press