Bears Preseason Stock Watch: Week 1 Offense

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More Bad than Good:

G/C Cody Whitehair – His two costly holding penalties, bad snap, and a couple missed blocking assignments that led to sacks drew most of the attention, but Whitehair actually looked pretty solid running with the first-team offense at left guard. Most of the problems occured when Whitehair was moved inside to center.

It makes sense for the Bears to try and develop some depth at center, but the rookie has enough on his plate trying to start at left guard. The Bears risk overwhelming their 2nd round pick with more responsibility than he can handle by continuing to force him into the center position when it’s not a natural fit. Whitehair looked lost out there at center and the Bears should just scrap the idea now and let him focus on his assignments as the starting left guard.

QB Brian Hoyer – For a veteran QB who put up respectable stats against starting defenses last year (2,606 yards, 19 TDs, 7 INTs), Hoyer looked really bad against 2nd & 3rd string defensive players. His stats (7-10, 81 yards, 1 INT) don’t reflect the ineptitude of his performance as some of his bad throws were wiped out by penalties. Hoyer both overthrew and underthrew open receivers and also looked hesitant to throw the ball. It was an ugly performance against back-ups and players who won’t be in the league this year. Clausen-esque.

RB Jeremy Langford – In five touches Langford gained 10 yards and failed to break aby tackles or make anyone miss. He will have to start doing one or the other if he’s going to be the Bears primary ball carrier in 2016.

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