We’re off to Bourbonnais to see the Chicago Bears’ first public practice after the team’s preseason-opening loss. I wonder if the vibe will be any different than it was on Monday.
There’s only one way to find out.
- Everyone has something to work on in preseason. Yes, even the scene-stealing Mitch Trubisky, who led the Bears’ only scoring drives and nearly led a fourth quarter comeback after the defense coughed 14 unanswered points. Trubisky looked good throughout the night, flashing the kind of skills that would justify the move to take him, especially if he could prove to continue this pace throughout the preseason and into the regular season.
- But let the record show Trubisky wasn’t perfect on Thursday. While Trubisky was wonderful in handling the pressure that comes with playing quarterback at Soldier Field (at least for one day), he struggled at times handling the pressure of the Denver Broncos defense. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus breaks down how some of the rookie quarterbacks are handling things in their first action, and notes that Trubisky had a 47.2 passer rating while under pressure. As a point of comparison, Cleveland Browns second-round rookie DeShone Kizer posted a 129.2 rating in an impressive debut. Meanwhile, Houston Texans first-round pick Deshaun Watson was pressured on 53 percent of his dropbacks, but finished the day with an 84.7 rating. Trubisky was 2-for-6 for 25 yards when pressured, but those numbers could have been better had it not been for a pair of drops. Still, his ability to elude the pressure with his feet helped mask some of those issues. We’ll see how he adjusts to pressure next when the Bears play the Cardinals next Saturday.
- Even though there’s quite a buzz building toward ushering in the Trubisky era earlier than expected, Trubisky knows his role. The rookie said all the right things in Thursday’s postgame press conference, most notably his concession that Mike Glennon is the team’s starter. Over at CSN Chicago, JJ Stankevitz wonders what Trubisky has to do to create a true training camp competition. At minimum, we know that competition won’t faze Trubisky moving forward.
- The question we need to be asking about the Bears’ quarterback situation isn’t about whether or not Mike Glennon is the starter, because John Fox and the Bears seem truly committed to their plan. Instead, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago asks what we should all be asking – for how long will Glennon be in charge under center. With Glennon in tow, the Bears are in a position to kick the can down the road with Trubisky if they so please. Their financial agreement with Glennon (which features some $18 million guaranteed) is the only true commitment they have with the free agent signee. There is no doubt that Glennon played as poor as Trubisky played well, but the Bears still have three preseason games and a full regular season to sort out their situation under center. So buckle up and prepare yourself for a ride.
- At minimum, Trubisky’s flashes in the preseason opener should put the Bears in a position to re-think their prized rookie’s usage, writes Roy Cummings of FanRag Sports. Trubisky did it all on Thursday, taking snaps under center, showing off his mobility to create plays in the passing game and as a rusher, and sparking a listless offense that produced minimal gains with Glennon and Mark Sanchez calling the shots. Of course, the only thing he couldn’t do is muster up one final scoring drive after the defense allowed 14 unanswered points in the fourth on two busted 3rd-and-long plays. Always leave them wanting a little more, I guess.
- Ka’Deem Carey was drafted in 2014 by the Bears’ previous regime. The Arizona product had a stellar career with the Wildcats and figured to one day be in the mix as a rusher for a franchise known for developing running backs. Instead, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic writes Carey is a survivor. The fourth-year back has carved a niche as a special teams ace, despite not getting any higher on the depth chart than being Matt Forte’s backup. Carey still finds himself in a crowded backfield, but being a known commodity with a role will likely keep him on the roster again.
- Tarik Cohen proved a little something in his rookie debut on Thursday, writes CSN Chicago’s JJ Stankewitz. The 5-foot-6 running back averaged 5.6 yards per carry, running between the tackles while using his speed and agility to elude runners. Cohen says he thinks himself as a spark plug, I can see it because of the high energy he plays with when he has the ball in his hand. Frankly, the Bears could use a spark plug type in the backfield as a change-of-pace to the power-speed combo Jordan Howard possesses.
- The Undefeated also has a quality profile on Cohen, that I would suggest giving a read whenever time permits.
- It felt as if this news was inevitable after the Miami Dolphins signed Jay Cutler, but it’s official: Ryan Tannehill will have surgery on his injured left knee and will miss the season. Tannehill suffered a partially torn ACL late in the 2016 season, but decided against surgery. Unfortunately, the injury flared up again on a non-contact play. In his first season playing under head coach Adam Gase, Tannehill posted career-bests at quarterback rating (93.5) and TD% (4.9) in just 13 games.
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