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Bears: Five Things to Watch vs. Broncos

Chicago Bears football is back baby!

This is the most excited I’ve been about preseason football in a long, long time. The Bears have added a lot of new talent to the roster. The old saying goes “quality over quantity,” but the Bears seem to be doing just the opposite. Here are five things to watch when the Bears and Broncos play tonight at Soldier Field.

Quarterbacks

So, the quarterback situation is interesting. To the surprise of no one, the depth chart is still Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez, and then Mitchell Trubisky. I do expect that to change by week one. Trubisky has too much talent to be behind Sanchez. Tonight, Trubisky should play the entire second half, which will be must watch for a lot of Bears fan, including myself.

Glennon also has a lot to prove, but he will play two series at most. Again, most of my focus will be on Trubisky. I want to see how he is under center and in the huddle. It’s the little things in the preseason and that’s something to remember while watching tomorrow night.

Tarik Cohen

Given his recent injury history, I believe Jeremy Langford could be cut by the Bears if rookie Tarik Cohen has a solid preseason. Most were surprised when the Bears drafted Cohen out of division two football, but there is some talent there.

Early projections for Cohen are to Darren Sproles. Now, he has a long way to go, but the similarities are uncanny.

Don’t expect Jordan Howard to be in the game long. There is no benefit to having out there in the preseason. Cohen should see a lot of playing time. Expect the Bears to call his number quite a few times.

Safeties

Safety has been a position that the Bears have struggled to find talent at. They finally went out and got a solid veteran in Quintin Demps, who will be a starter. The question now is who will be the team’s other starter at the position.

It’s wide open and that means rookie Eddie Jackson has a great chance to take control and win the job. Jackson is coming off an injury so things to look for will be how he tackles and runs with wide receivers downfield. If he can stay healthy, Ryan Pace may have found a diamond in the rough.

There has been a lot of talk from Bears fans about Adrian Amos. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. He is slow out there and has a hard time making tackles in the open field and making plays on the ball. If he wants to keep his starting spot, he will need to prove himself on the field this preseason.

Wide Receivers

One could make the argument the Bears are going through a “rebuilding” phase at the wide receiver position. Both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are gone, so things are going to look very different tonight.

All reports out of camp say Glennon and Cameron Meredith have developed a solid relationship. Kevin White has a lot to prove and really needs these four games to figure out if he can still be the elite player he was at West Virginia.

Camp star, Tanner Gentry, will have his first chance to back up his play in practice. I would assume that he and Trubisky are on the field a lot together.If all goes well this could be another steal for Ryan Pace and the rest of the Bears front office.

Veterans Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz just need to stay healthy. This isn’t their first rodeo. They should see limited snaps and that’s just fine with me. The Bears cannot afford any injuries at the wide receiver position.

Adam Shaheen

Baby Gronk has been making plays in practice, now it’s time to see what he can do in a game. The Bears have three tight ends right now that all at the moment can contribute. If Shaheen can prove that he is reliable when run blocking and catching passes, the Bears could end up trading Zach Miller.

Dion Sims and Shaheen isn’t a bad duo to have at the tight end position.

 

 

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