Chicago Bears Week 7: Rookie Report

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Very few Bears players had a good day in Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins, but one of the better ones was rookie punter Pat O’Donnell. The Bears also got solid contributions from Fuller, Sutton, Ferguson and in his first start of the year, Brock Vereen. That’s been the story most of the season, with Bear veterans struggling and their rookie backups playing better and showing real signs of talent. On Sunday one of the Bears best rookies, Michael Ola, didn’t play for the first time all season. The rest of the rookies played limit snaps despite the starters struggling. Hopefully after a film review, the Bears coaches will start giving the rookies a little more playing time.

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Bears Rookie Report:

CB Kyle Fuller – Only played about half the snaps in this one (37/66) due to an early hip pointer that he returned from and then a broken right hand which ended his day. Fuller was playing decent before his injury, but with most of the Dolphins passing game consisting of underneath passes Fuller wasn’t tested much. Neither of Fuller’s injuries will require surgery and both Bears coaches and fans are hoping he can play on Sunday in New England.

RB Ka’Deem Carey – Only got 1 offensive snap on Sunday and no carries. The Bears only ran the ball 14 times all game so there was little for Carey to do even if he had played more.

G/T Michael Ola – After filling in admirably for both Matt Slauson and Jermon Bushrod, the Bears rewarded Ola with his first DNP. I hope Ola was watching RT Jordan Mills get abused all game because that is the position Ola should be playing next week.

DT Ego Ferguson – Played near his usual 25% of the snaps (18/66) and didn’t make any plays but didn’t hurt the team either. Ferguson did a good job clogging the middle on run plays, but didn’t get much push in the pass game or bat down any passes as he has the last two weeks. He should continue to be a key part of the DT rotation.

DT Will Sutton – The Bears starting 3-tech DT, Jeremiah Ratliff, had one of the best games of his career with 4 sacks so Sutton didn’t see much playing time but he did well when given a chance. Sutton only played roughly one third of the defense snaps but had a couple of solo tackles and a nice stop at the line of scrimmage on Dolphins RB Lamar Miller.