For most of the season Kyle Long & Jordan Mills have been the only Bear rookies making an impact, but with a D-line depleted by injury and some more established players struggling (looking at you Earl), some rookies are going to get a chance to contribute. Here is a summary of how they did in Week 5:
Kyle Long RG: After being matched up against two of the NFL’s best DTs during the first four weeks of the season, Long got a break against a less impressive Saints interior and had a solid game. He didn’t give up a sack or QB pressure and while he did get called for a penalty (illegal man downfield), coach Trestman put the blame for that call on Cutler. The Bears didn’t run the ball much which limited Long’s impact in the run game, but he graded out positively overall.
Jordan Mills RT: I am beginning to worry a little about Mills’ pass protection ability. HE didn’t allow any sacks on Sunday, but he did allow a hit on Cutler and 3 QB hurries. Mills had a tough match-up against OLB Cameron Jordan who has been one of the better pass rushers in the league this year, but that is four games in a row that Mills has carried a negative pass blocking grade (from PFF). Mills was better against the run and has been all year, but with the Bears passing almost twice as much as they run (33-18), Mills need to improve his pass pro.
David Bass DE: Active for the 2nd week in a row, Bass got 14 snaps on defense and made an impact recording 2 tackles, a QB hurry, and a QB hit. With the Bears thin at DT, Bass could see an expanded role against the Giants on Thursday.
Joe Anderson WR: Was on the active roster and was on the field for 3 plays on offense (2 passes). With Earl Bennett’s struggles catching the ball, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Anderson get more snaps on offense in 3 WR sets the next few weeks.
Michael Ford RB: Was active for the 2nd week in a row and saw action with the special teams coverage unit. Ford recorded his 2nd ST tackle of the season.
Jon Bostic LB: Played sparingly on special teams and didn’t see the field on defense.
Kaseem Greene LB: Played sparingly on special teams and didn’t see the field on defense.
Zach Minter DT: Active for the first time this season, but didn’t get on the field.
Marquess Wilson WR: Active for the first time this season, but didn’t get on the field
Cornelius Washington DE: