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After a (more or less) thrilling preseason game, the Bears finally came out with a win. Aside from one interception, Mitchell Trubisky and the starters looked pretty solid in the few drives they had, yet it was backup Chase Daniel who led the Bears to a late comeback. In the 24-23 victory there were some guys who stood out and some guys who had some real headscratchers, so let’s take a look at what side of the fence some of these players fell on:

To start the game, 2nd year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the 1st team offense looked a lot better than they did last week. Trubisky was placing balls very well and for the first time in a long time it looked like we actually had a competent offense out on the field. Before a scary looking injury, Adam Shaheen and Trey Burton were looking like a pretty lethal combo at tight end, confirming the reports from the joint practices that the Bears TE’s were shredding the Broncos defense. Anthony Miller also had himself a good night highlighted by a spectacular catch where he high pointed a rocket from Trubisky over 2 defenders. Jordan Howard also looked really good in his limited action, displaying that great vision that has made him so effective over the last 2 seasons and was able to bust a couple big runs. Tarik Cohen on the other hand had himself a night to forget after dropping one ball and stopping short on another route that resulted in an interception. This is something that can easily be fixed with more reps, but one problem that’s slightly more concerning was the center-quarterback exchange between Cody Whitehair and Trubisky. The biggest surprise from the day out of the 1st team offense though might have been Kevin White who actually looked solid. While he and Trubisky couldn’t connect on the deep ball, White made a few more catches throughout the game and looked good when he had the ball on his hands. If he can build on his performance from last night maybe he can contribute something this season after all.

After the 1st teamers started coming out it was Chase Daniel’s time to show what he could do. While he admittedly didn’t look great at first, once he got some momentum he really started to heat up. He was throwing some absolute lasers and looked like the Chase Daniel we’ve come to expect in the preseason. Possibly his best play of the game was on a 3rd and 2 late in the 4th quarter when he got his team up to the line quickly and got the snap off while the defense still had 12 men on the field. That was a savvy veteran move and it picked up a crucial 1st down in the red zone. Other than Chase Daniel though few players stood out much from the 2nd team offense. Taquan Mizzell had his number called quite a few times and made some plays but he was hardly a world beater out there.

On the defensive side of the ball the biggest thing that stood out was the fact that Nick Kwiatkoski consistently looked a step slow in coverage. He wasn’t a liability out there by any means, but throws to the running backs and tight ends that should’ve only gone for 3-4 yards were going for 7-8. All I could think about was what Roquan Smith could’ve done on those if he had suited up for the game. Another player who stood out was Roy Robertson-Harris who had himself a nice game. He completely overwhelmed his man on the sack he had, something that’s becoming a common occurrence. On the outside, Isaiah Irving looked pretty disruptive in his first game back form injury. He definitely outplayed Kylie Fitts who hasn’t been able to do much after playing well in the Hall of Fame Game. Other young guys who showed improvement were corners Doran Grant and Kevin Tolliver who often found themselves in the right place at the right time while in coverage, but both players had trouble getting their heads around in time to make the play. That’s something that’ll come in time for both of them, but it’s a bit of a problem right now as Grant got flagged for a pass interference and Tolliver gave up a couple big catches. Sticking with the corners, one interesting play from last night came from Kyle Fuller who was flagged for a very suspect “leading with the helmet” call. The referees definitely overcall these things in preseason, but that one was a little ridiculous as Fuller clearly made all the contact with his shoulder. My favorite play of the night however came at the hands, or more specifically hand, of Cre’Von LeBlanc who did his best Peanut Tillman impression punching the ball out to seal the win for the Bears.

This game seemed to drag on for a bit in the middle, but those who stuck around were rewarded with an exciting finish. With next week being the all-important “3rd” preseason game the Bears definitely have some stuff to work on, but they’ve also shown some flashes. Who are you most excited to see in extended action next week?

Photo taken by JOE ROBBINS / GETTY IMAGES

 

 

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