Three meaningless games in the books and we finally saw some glimpses of what the regular season might have in store.
The offense flashed, but showed that a new system will have some growing pains and the defense made some plays but also had some issues as well.
Of course there were the injuries that everyone was talking about, but just one game left for the starters and hopefully they get that out of their system and then it will be on to the regular season.
Let’s see who helped their cause and who hurt it during the game Saturday.
Roy Robertson-Harris, DE - Since coming out of UTEP and latching on with the Bears as an UDFA, I have been intrigued by RRE’s size and athleticism, but it hasn’t always translated, but that may be changing. Robertson-Harris racked up 1.5 sacks, a TFL and three QB hits. He’s had a good preseason and is solidifying a starting role on the DL, although Jonathan Bullard is going to be right there too.
Trey Burton, TE - I know Robert mentioned him in his winners and losers, but I think it bears repeating: Burton is the real deal. He showed a lot of what he can do for this offense and where he and Trubisky are at comfort-wise.
Chase Daniel, QB - The focus was, rightly, on starter Mitch Trubisky, but I think that Daniel’s performance was noteworthy. With the offense showing more of its actual scheme, Daniel 19 of 28 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. His game might not blow anyone away but it showed he can out-play lesser talent and be efficient, which is all a team can really hope for in a No. 2 QB
Kevin Toliver, CB - According to Pro-Football Focus, Toliver was tied with Michael Joseph for the most targeted Bears player in pass coverage. He allowed three catches to three different receivers for 57 yards and a TD. That’s not going to help him move up the depth chart any.
Cre’von LeBlanc, CB/PR - I didn’t notice anything too glaring on defense, but as a punt returner, LeBlanc made some bad choices. Fair catching a ball on the five and then trying to return one from the two, bad choices. He averaged just three yards on his one return. That is bad.
Cody Parkey, K - It is getting to crunch time and Chicago’s kicking woes don’t seem to be any closer to being solved. Parkey has now missed two from beyond 50, including in ideal and advantageous kicking conditions in Denver. Not a good look.
Which players stood out to you? Who has you concerned heading into the final weeks of preseason?