Bears vs Jaguars: Winners and Losers
Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot during the national anthem prior to a preseason game between the Chicago Bears and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears managed to eek out a 20-19 win over the vaunted Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. As I’ve said before, it’s about the performances of individual players more than the final score that matters. There were some standouts and some real duds. Let’s look at both.
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Despite a drop in the passing game, Carey was impressive in Week 2 of the preseason. The rookie 4th round pick had some impressive runs in the second half. He capped off his night with a 1-yard TD plunge. Could he be the short yardage back we’ve been dreaming of? He’s still stuck behind Shaun Draughn on the depth chart, but his performances in the first couple of weeks show that he’s got a role on this team.
Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman (30) rushes the ball against Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) during the first quarter of the preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Bostic stepped up his game and in my view had the biggest Week 1 to Week 2 improvement on the defense. His play to stuff Toby Gerhart for a 4 yard loss on a 3rd and 1 was a thing of beauty. It showed everything you want from your linebacker play – diagnosing the play, blowing through opposing blockers and closing speed to secure the tackle. If Bostic can dial this up consistently, I’ll feel a lot more secure in our linebacking group.
Morgan hauled in a three passes for 41 yards, including a nice, athletic 18 yard reception. In the search for wide receiver depth, Morgan helped his chances to earn a roster spot. While Marquess Wilson’s shoulder heals up, Chris Williams nurses a sore hammy and Eric Weems fumbles and bumbles his way through the preseason, Morgan is looking better and better.
McManis’ tremendous punt coverage on the Mega-punt and a nice pass break up down near the goal line give him the inside track on one of the few available roster spots in the secondary. What I like most about McManis’ preseason so far is that he’s flashed as a defensive contributor.
Perry had himself a nifty 4th quarter, showing off nice moves and some decent pass catching ability. He’s gone from undrafted free agent into the conversation for a backup running back.