Who were the winners and losers from the Chicago Bears third preseason game
Chicago Bears win! Bears win. While the team results of preseason mean nothing, the individual performances within them can guide us into the regular season.
Each player has a chance to prove their worth and earn more time or a higher roster standing with a strong performance. Others can play themselves off of the team or down a peg on the depth chart.
Who are the winners and losers from the Chicago Bears third preseason game?
Before the game, I thought we might get a look into how Trey Burton could be a part of the offense. Boy did we. Trey Burton put up four receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted on five pass attempts, a completion that was called back due to a penalty.
The fact of the matter is the team went to Burton is every way possible. He lined up outside, in the slot, and motioned across the line as well as into the backfield. Burton is a staple of this offense, and that was made abundantly clear tonight.
We saw a small glimpse into the Anthony Miller magic as well. Miller caught three passes 33 yards. He went up and got a big time reception showing off a big catch radius despite his small size. Miller lined up in and out of the slot and moved in motion as well. It was an overall big night for the rookie.
The fact of the matter is that the Chicago Bears have edge rusher issues behind Leonard Floyd. It also is a fact that Kasim Edebali has had the longest running impact of a player not named Leonard Floyd at the spot. After missing the Hall of Fame game, Edebali has had strong nights in back to back weeks.
Isaiah Irving missed week one and was quiet, and Fitts has been quiet for two straight weeks. After showing off some moves last week, we questioned if Kasim Edebali could grow off of that and turn it into production. He did just that with a sack. No one else seems to want to make the roster at edge rusher. Do not be surprised when Kasim Edebali does.
The coaches can say whatever they want. James Daniels has not taken a snap at guard and is not going to play a snap at guard. James Daniels saw the whole second half at center and once again looked like he did not belong with this level of talent. He is too good to consistently be playing with back ups and fringe roster players. If he is not starting at center in Week 3, the plans of this new regime should start to be questioned.
Another week, another Roy Robertson-Harris sack. This was arguably his best game yet. He and Jonathan Bullard have been jockeying for positioning, and neither has gained separation. However, tonight, for the first time in the preseason it feels as though Robertson-Harris may have taken a small lead.
This is to no fault of Shaheen but he sustained an ankle injury in the first quarter, and it looked pretty severe. Ultimately, if Shaheen does miss time, this makes the Chicago Bears the big losers as it appears they had big plans for him this season. No one can match his mismatch potential either.
I highlighted to watch Grant as he would potentially get the start at cornerback with Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara injured. Instead, the team went with Bryce Callahan on the outside and Cre’Von LeBlanc in the slot as a starter.
From there, Grant gave up a pass interference and multiple receptions as he was targeted often. He did not make any good case for himself and is clearly a full tier below Marcus Cooper.
You could argue Toliver is a winner in his own right. Last week, he was behind Michael Joseph and John Franklin. This week, Toliver was ahead of both of them. Based on their performances, he likely will be ahead of Doran Grant next week.
However, he is not making enough noise fast enough to push for the 53-man roster. Toliver gave up a few receptions as well, and Courtland Sutton beat him in the end zone. Sutton is a second-round rookie, but those are the types of plays that can propel a UDFA onto the roster.
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Heading into Week 3 Marcus Cooper still resides ahead of Toliver on the depth chart. Toliver has his work cut out for him to make the leap now.
Knile Davis was brought in due to the lack of success from Taquan Mizzell and his return game ability. As a return man, he posted a bleak 17 yards per return on four returns. As a runner, he remained behind Nall and Mizzell.
It probably had to do with how little he knew the playbook, but after his return decisions, he may not need to dig too deep into it. Davis is likely going to be cut if the team can get Michael Burton or Benny Cunningham healthy.
Rashaad Coward is going to make Bradley Sowell sweat for a roster spot. Sowell struggled throughout the night as the teams backup left tackle. He should have an edge on Coward due to the idea that he can play every offensive line spot, while Coward has only played right tackle in his NFL career. He has hardly played any right tackle at that.
Still, Coward is making this a competition despite the lack of experience at the spot. He is proving better with raw talent and has more upside to invest into overall. Sowell has two weeks to save his roster status.