Chicago Bears Preseason Game #2: Stock Watch Offense

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LT Jermon Bushrod – I’m worried about both of the Bears tackle positions after Bushrod was routinely beaten for most of the first half. He got driven into the backfield on multiple running plays and gave up the Colts only sack of the game. Bushrod was the lowest graded player on either side of the ball for the Bears (-4.5) according to PFF.

RT Charles Leno Jr – One of my picks for a potential breakout season who was getting his first NFL start at right tackle. It wasn’t all bad, as Leno did make some nice blocks in the running game, but he had a bad penalty that wiped out a 43-yard reception by Josh Bellamy. Leno also got beat badly on a running play that resulted in a two yard loss. It was an uneven performance and Leno probably has to play much better next week to secure the starting gig.

C Hroniss Grasu – Like last week Grasu was overpowered in the running game. This time it was backup DT Zach Kerr driving Grasu into the backfield to blow up a running play. Grasu has looked solid in pass pro, but right now he doesn’t look strong enough to handle NFL DTs in the running game.

OL Michael Ola – After a decent game at right tackle in week 1, Ola was given a shot at left tackle with the 2nd team offense and was pretty bad. He was ok in pass pro, but struggled big time in the run game (-1.7 grade). Ola was unable to open any holes and was driven into the backfield on a couple of running plays, one of which resulted in a loss of two yards. He was also called for a false start penalty. Ola’s roster spot is probably safe due to his versatility and no other backup O-linemen making a push for his swing tackle job. The Bears could bring someone in off waivers once roster cuts are made, so Ola needs to play better the next two weeks to secure his job.

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WR Marquess Wilson – Was off to a nice start with two catches for 18 yards before pulling a hamstring on a deep route. Wilson missed most of last season with a clavicle injury and now is hurt again. The Bears were counting on Wilson to step up after Kevin White’s injury, but if he can’t stay on the field then the Bears may be forced to replace him with someone who can.

TE Zach Miller – One of the stars of last years preseason, but has been quiet so far this year with zero catches in two games. Miller struggled with his run blocking Saturday, being driven into the backfield on two running plays that resulted in no gain. Miller was considered the favorite for the #2 TE position due to his elite athleticism, but he needs to prove he can run block if he is going to see the field in 2-TE sets this year.

G Conor Boffeli – Got beaten badly on a 3rd & 2 run play that resulted in a loss of yards. Boffeli also gave up a big hit on QB Jimmy Clausen and struggled overall in both run and pass blocking during his 34 snaps. His roster spot is in jeopardy, so Boffeli needs to show significant improvement over the next two weeks.

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