The preseason is in the books for any Bears player that will make an impact in Week 1. While a few key rotational and backup spots were played out on Saturday at Soldier Field, there wasn’t much in the way of key contributors.
There is still a lot to dissect, though. Here are players that shined and some that didn’t against the Chiefs.
Javon Wims, WR - Wims made this team Saturday in all likelihood. Against Kansas City’s starters, the Georgia product managed to make some big plays and scored an athletic, toe-tapping touchdown. Wims appears to be a potential gem find in the seventh round, although his path to being a rookie contributor seems unlikely unless there is an injury run.
Isaiah Irving, OLB - I could lump Kylie Fitts in here too because both were great last weekend. Irving gets the nod due to his six tackles, which tied for the Bears team lead. He also had a sack, two quarterback hits, and a tackle for loss. Fitts had a sack and two quarterback hits.
Ben Braunecker, TE - “Braunk” made the most of his opportunities, catching two of three targets for 31 yards. That wasn’t eye-popping, but Braunecker seemed comfortable and looked decent as a blocker.
Deiondre Hall, CB - Hall played a ton and tied for the team lead in tackles, but according to Pro Football Focus, he was targeted the most with six passes coming his way (tied for the team lead with Kevin Tolliver). In the process, Hall allowed four catches for 54 yards, including 45 yards coming after the catch. Hall will get a long look on Thursday against the Bills. With his upcoming suspension coming, it appears he could be a long shot.
Taquan Mizzell, RB - Mizzell excited some fans when he signed with the team last year, but he hasn’t show much in the way of playmaking. He is averaging just 2.3 yards per carry this preseason and doesn’t look like an NFL back. For comparison, Nall has three more carries than Mizzell but is averaging 5.1 YPC.
Bradley Sowell, T - Sowell was pushed around again and then, through no fault of his own, got caught up in a pile and was rolled up on by a teammate. Sowell has struggled before the injury and now with his availability in question, the Bears need to look to find a swing tackle they feel comfortable with heading into the regular season.