Thursday August 10th will be the first time that Bears fans will get to see Mitchell Trubisky play in an actual game wearing the beloved blue and orange. Fans also want to see how Mike Glennon performs to start off his career in Chicago. Glennon and Mark Sanchez are set to play the first half of the game and then Trubisky should be starting after halftime.
With the start of halftime the Bears should be starting their third string which looks pretty intriguing. We will see an offense that should include: Mitchell Trubisky, Adam Shaheen, Tarik Cohen, and the training camp standout Tanner Gentry. This looks like a very explosive offense that should be able to put points on the board. During training camp there has been reports that both Shaheen and Gentry have been gelling well with Trubisky while hooking up for some nice completions drawing the crowd in more and more with every snap, and I don’t think this preseason game will be any different.
On the defensive side of the ball there are definitely a handful of guys that everyone should keep an eye on. Eddie Jackson and Deiondre’ Hall could possibly be the starting safety duo in the beginning of the third quarter. Jackson was considered a sure fire first rounder had he not been injured prior entering the draft and Hall is very rangy with tremendous ball skills. This will be Hall’s first time playing safety for the Bears so all eyes will be on these two gentlemen. This will also be a great chance for Kyle Fuller to show the world he is back with vengeance and is still worthy of his first round corner pedigree.
Another intriguing corner to keep an eye out for will be number 43 Rashaad Reynolds. He was originally signed in 2014 as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars but was placed on injured reserve in August of 2014 due to a broken hand. Reynolds was later cut in September of 2015 and was not signed again until August 10th, 2016 by the Detroit Lions but was cut nineteen days later. In his college career at Oregon State, he recorded ten interceptions and in his final college game he was named the MVP of the 2013 Hawaii Bowl with ten tackles and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. He has yet to see the professional field so this will be his first shot to show why he deserves to be in this league.
Trevor Siemian will be the starting quarterback against the Bears. Paxton Lynch will get playing time as well, most likely in the second half. The Broncos have some interesting rookies on both offense and defense. The Broncos have a new powerful offensive tackle in Garett Boles that will surely be tested by the Bears defensive line early and often. Denver also drafted the explosive wide receiver Carlos Henderson. Per Pro Football Focus, Henderson led the NCAA with 48 missed tackles. He is considered a receiver, returner, and rusher. On defense the Broncos have their new second round lineman DeMarcus Walker out of Florida State who can play anywhere on the line in a 3-4 defense. Another interesting player to look out for will be the undrafted rookie safety Jamal Carter out of the University of Miami. Carter is 6-1 and 218 pounds who has both size and speed, and has been compared to Deone Bucannon due to his “tweener” style of play and could be lined up at either safety or inside linebacker to due to the lack of depth at the linebacker position due to injuries.
Both teams are loaded with bright young stars on offense and defense. This will be a great battle of the Blue and Orange.