It’s not all doom and gloom after the Bears’ 31-3 loss to the Denver Broncos. Despite the poor showing by the offense, the lengthy drives given up by the defense and the lousy weather in general, there were a few bright spots to take away.
Shea McClellin showed why the Bears drafted him in the first round of last April’s draft. He definitely has speed coming off the edge and appears like he’ll be able to contribute as a pass rusher. He still needs to hit the weight room to avoid getting mauled at the line of scrimmage, but he could create havoc for opposing offenses in obvious passing situations.
Another rookie that looked promising was wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. He led the Bears in receptions and showed great hands in the process. He needs to get quicker off the line to beat press coverage, but her will be able to make an immediate impact in the red zone, an area where the Bears could certainly use all the help they could get.
Since we’re on rookies, let’s give a little nod to third rounder Brandon Hardin, who showed good instincts and the range to match on a pass defensed. It could have and should have been an interception, but give the rookie time. Could he be the answer the Bears have sought at safety for the last half decade?
A couple of defensive linemen that showed me something were Nate Collins and Cheta Ozugwu. Collins flashed well in the defensive tackle spot and got some good pressure while Cheta did a nice job at defensive end. Maybe I’m getting a little less concerned about depth of the defensive line?
One last guy to give a shoutout to is undrafted rookie wide receiver Chris Sommers, who made a great catch on a Matt Blanchard pass to set up the Bears’ only score off the night. Summers is 6’5″ and showed good ball skills. The Bears suddenly have some size at the wide receiver spot but this kid could compete for a spot on the practice squad in case anything happens to the front line guys.