How Chicago Bears rookies performed against the Rams

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Hello, my Chicago Bear brothers and sisters. We are going to bring you something weekly to keep up with our rookies. Before we get into that, I want to bring up David Montgomery. Monty should be the Chicago Bears MVP against the Rams. I find it very interesting that the media and some Chicago Bear fans are happy about how Matt Nagy stuck with the run game and gave Monty the carries he deserves. Monty had 16 rushing attempts. If there is something that I have learned about Matt Nagy is he will use a game like this to prove that he will run the ball. However, if you average out 16 carries over 16 games, that’s 252 carries. Those rushing totals are around what Montgomery has been getting every season since he’s been in the league. Monty had 242 carries his rookie season and 247 last year. Get used to the norm being around 14 to 22 carries a game for David Montgomery.

Ok, rookies that saw some action include:

  • Justin Fields 2-2 10 yards 1 rush for 3 yards and 1 rushing touchdown
  • Khalil Herbert 4 kick returns for 106 yards
  • Larry Borom unknown statistics but looked good
  • Khyiris Tonga didn’t make the stat sheet

These four rookies played for the Chicago Bears Sunday night, and honestly, they all looked solid doing their respective jobs. Starting with the quarterback, Justin Fields came in for a hand full of packages. Some reads Justin Fields made were correct, and some weren’t. The touchdown run Justin Fields had was expected. I don’t know if it is the lack of quarterback talent, but Justin Fields should be expected to score inside the five-yard line 90% of the time. I have followed Justin Fields for a very long time. He truly is the real deal when he is ready to play.

Khalil Herbert returned four kicks, which one he took back to the mid-field. Fans should be excited about Herbert as a kick returner. Cordarrelle Patterson has electric speed and power, but Herbert returns the ball smoothly using his burst at the right time to avoid defenders while getting downfield. Larry Borom looked every part of my scouting report on him when he replaced Jason Peters. Teven Jenkins, when healthy, should be the Chicago Bears starting right tackle, while Larry Borom should be the starting left tackle. Mean and nasty in the run game, Larry Borom showed that he has the feet to play left tackle in the NFL.

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Would Larry Borom be a hall of fame talent? Probably not, but he doesn’t have to become that to protect Justin Fields in the future. Khyiris Tonga needed to get more snaps. I was furious when he wasn’t on the field during obvious run plays when the Rams started to chew the clock around the 8-minute mark in the 4th quarter. Tonga looks big, fast for his size, and has some pass-rushing upside. Remember when I talked about needing to find the future Akeim Hicks? The Chicago Bears might have uncovered that in Khyiris Tonga by accident.