After two pre-season games, it’s still hard to forecast the outcome of the Chicago Bears’ upcoming season. Bears starters looked much improved in their game versus the New England Patriots (minus Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski) and showed some resemblance to an actual NFL team.
The first team’s offensive line decided to block somebody this time around and it led to an overall better performance by the offense in general. Quarterback Jay Cutler and lead reciever Alshon Jeffery looked to be on the same page early and featured running back Jeremy Langford enjoyed some success running the football as he scored a touchdown in the contest.
Defensively, the Bears had their moments. The highlight of the night was cornerback Tracy Porter’s forced fumble and recovery that ended a long and possible scoring drive for the Patriots.
After the first team offense and defense left the field, there wasn’t much of anything to get excited about. Backup QB Brian Hoyer looked horrible! He couldn’t throw a golf ball through a wet piece of tissue and I really question whether or not he would be able to lead the Bears offense if Cutler goes down for any amount of time.
The Patriots second and third-teamers had a lot of success against the Bears reserves.
As pre-season continues it will be interesting to see which young players will take a step forward. The depth of the Bears roster will be a huge question mark throughout the season especially if key players aren’t able to stay healthy.
First round draft pick, linebacker Leonard Floyd, had plenty of opportunities to showcase his abilities in the second half of the game and it was easy to see that it’s going to take quite of bit time before he’s fully ready for the NFL game. He struggled in setting the edge of the defense, when they ran the ball his way as well as getting off blocks. He’ll have to learn how to use his length and speed to his advantage and also add at least 15-20lbs of muscle before he’s really ready.
At the end of the day it’s only pre-season and success or lack there of in the pre-season doesn’t necessarily correlate to how well a team does when the games count. However, I think Bears fans will appreciate seeing some improvement from week-to-week.
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