We are almost there ladies and gentleman, the football season is upon us and only one thing stands in our way; preseason week 4. This is the forgotten week as far as preseason goes, because since the starters don’t play most people don’t care. Luckily to us fanatics there is plenty to see and learn, so here are my 5 questions for the week.
- Who steps up to replace Cam Meredith?
In week 3 i wondered if the Bears’ could keep their relatively healthy streak going, and boy did they get hit hard. Losing their number one receiver was a huge blow but this game will give the back ups valuable reps to stand out. My vote is for Tanner Gentry to have a huge game and showcase his ability on the outside and with the deep ball. I believe he will do exactly what Meredith did and use this week to secure a roster spot. This may also be the last chance for vets like Victor Cruz and Josh Bellamy to prove their worth.
- Since Mitch Trubisky gets the start, will he continue to shine?
Trubisky will get his first start in the NFL Thursday night, and has shown to be very much worth his draft status so far. The thing is once again he will be facing back ups, luckily though the Browns have plenty young depth for him to test his mettle against. It is great for him to plenty of reps and hopefully he can do just that and stay healthy.
- Who will win the backup running back job?
While Jordan Howard is solidified as the starter at running back, his primary backup is far from chosen. Kadeem Carey is out a few weeks after wrist surgery so the job is between vets Benny Cunningham, Jeremy Langford, and rookie Tarik Cohen. Cohen has been the most effective with his reps through the preseason and has everything to and has every chance to hold the number 2 spot for years to come. Langford missed most of the offseason and will try and overcome his injury history to reclaim his role as the number two.
- Has Eddie Jackson secured the starting job?
Eddie Jackson has been splitting starting reps with incumbent Adrian Amos and has for all intents and purposes looks to have surprised him. In week 4 of the preseason the starters get plenty of rest so if Jackson doesn’t play or Amos gets extended time in the game you can bet Jackson will be lining up with the starters against Atlanta in a few weeks.
- Can Adam Shaheen show up as a receiver?
The Bears’ second round pick has been overshadowed by other rookies great performances. However, he should see plenty of snaps in the game this week and hopefully can show case the reason he was nicknamed “baby gronk” during his college career. During camp he has built chemistry with Trubisky who is getting the start, so with any luck he can have a big game.
Week 4 is our final shot to see the roster battles play out and the last chance for many of these players to try to put something good on tape. They will hope to make the final roster and if not show enough to catch on with another team. Here is to hoping the Bears can find some clarity and stay healthy at the same time.