Finally, ladies and gentlemen, football is back! After a long offseason, it’s finally time to get back to some live action football. Training camp has been a nice teaser, but now we can see how the team fares against another team and these battles can see some big results. So without further adieu we have our weekly session of 5 questions for the week.
How true is the depth chart?
The Bears released their first depth chart for the preseason this week and to many people’s surprise some camp favorites are kind of low. 2nd Overall pick Mitch Trubisky is sitting 3rd string behind the likes of Mark Sanchez. Another rookie some may see as too low is rookie Eddie Jackson, who has been making a name for himself throughout camp. Newcomer tight end Dion Sims takes the top spot away from incumbent Zach Miller, and somehow Jeremy Langford still holds the honor of Jordan Howard’s primary back up despite missing most of camp so far with an ankle injury.
How will the reps be distributed during the game?
Mostly, how much will Trubisky get to play? That is what most want to know and usually the third string quarterback gets the lion’s share of the second half reps. However, the Bears are in the unique situation of having all of their quarterbacks new to their system and need to make sure both Glennon gets comfortable and Trubisky develops. Then comes the secondary, full of new faces, tries to prove it can turn be effective and generate some turnovers. I mentioned rookie Eddie Jackson who and he will have plenty of opportunity to take the starting free safety job away from incumbent Adrian Amos. Along the defensive line, the end spot is open opposite of Akeim Hicks and there is plenty of competition between Jaye Howard, Jonathan Bullard, and Mitch Unrein.
Can Tanner Gentry show up in live action?
The Bears have had plenty of mythical camp warriors at the wide receiver over the years. From the legend of Dane Sanzenbacher to last years hero Daniel Braverman, but what makes Gentry so special? He has both size and athleticism and he is particularly aggressive at high pointing the football. If he can translate his dominance in practice on the field, he may just earn himself a spot on the 53.
How good is this rookie class?
When i went to camp one thing was for sure, these rookies aren’t the projects draft experts have deemed them to be. Adam Shaheen catches everything thrown his way and has made impressive strides blocking. Tarik Cohen is a shifty nightmare to anyone who wants to threaten the health of their ankles by trying to tackle him. Trubisky has had the most “wow” throws of any of the Bears’ quarterbacks but can he read an NFL defense? Eddie Jackson looks like the player he was at Alabama before the injury, but can he crack the starting lineup at safety and/or returner.
Are the Bears any good?
Well all the other questions are good and all, but can they actually compete? We finally get a taste against another team. It’s easy to look good in practice but what can they do in live game action. Have they improved? Can last year’s draft class improve? I don’t know about you guys but i can’t wait to find out. One thing i know for sure is we can all be hopeful they start strong.