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Another ugly loss for the Bears, but another decent game for the Bears rookies. If the Bears continue to lose, it is just a matter of time until the focus switches from winning to developing young talent. As of now the Bears are technically still in playoff race so veterans are going to play over rookies, but for the most part the Bears rookies have proven they deserve to see more playing time. The Bears are already starting to give the rookies more chances with Michael Ola getting his first start at RT, Christian Jones getting his first start at weak-side OLB, and Al Louis-Jean getting his first playing time of the season. Here is a breakdown of how the rookies played in the Bears 51-23 loss to the Patriots.
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CB Kyle Fuller – Only played about a 3rd of the defensive snaps before his hip injury from last week flared up. Like the rest of the Bears secondary, Fuller struggled giving up 3 catches for 26 yards to Brandon LaFell in the first quarter. Hopefully Fuller will be 100% by week 10’s match-up with the Packers.
RB Ka’Deem Carey – Continues to produce when given a chance. Carey had 6 carries for 33 yards including an impressive 13 yard run and a tough 2 yarder that should have been a loss of 2-3 yards.
G/T Michael Ola – Finally got the start at RT which should have happened weeks ago. Ola didn’t have his best game; he made a couple of clear mistakes including giving up a sack and missing a block that could have sprung Forte for a long run, but overall was solid and played better than previous starter Jordan Mills has in any game this season.
DT Ego Ferguson – Only played 13 snaps on Sunday, but played well as he has all season. Ferguson had a stuff at the line of scrimmage on Jonas Gray which didn’t happen often on Sunday. Starting DT Stephen Paea is playing well so Ferguson probably won’t get many snaps until the Bears give up on the season.
DT Will Sutton – Played close to his usual 20-25 defensive snaps and held his own against the run, but failed to generate any pressure on Tom Brady. None of the Bears D-linemen were able to, but Sutton was drafted to generate pressure inside. The Bears were clearly out schemed by the Pats coaching staff and nothing the Bears tried had any impact.