It's only preseason, they said. It doesn't matter, they said.
Well, for the Chicago Bears, Saturday's preseason opener certainly mattered. And even though it was just preseason, fans had to love what they saw in the short stint by Justin Fields and that offense.
In the Bears' 23-17 win over the Titans, Fields completed just three passes but went for 129 yards and two scores, thanks largely in part due to the playmaking ability of D.J. Moore and Khalil Herbert, along with some fantastic blocking on a pair of screen plays.
Throughout the rest of the game, though, the Bears had some other players show out. Because of these performances, some other players might need to start worrying. In particular, there are four guys who may be in danger as the Bears prepare for Preseason Week 2.
Andrew Billings could be in danger of losing his starting job
The very first drive, for the Bears defense, was a mess. Much of it had to do with how the interior linemen, Justin Jones and Andrew Billings played. They were unable to get any momentum against either the run or the pass. Then, came Zacch Pickens and Gervon Dexter. The two rookies looked phenomenal.
Pickens was everywhere once he got his chance to play. He ended the day with four tackles, two of them being solo, a sack, tackle for loss, a quarterback hit and a recovered fumble. What doesn't show up on the stat sheet, though, is Pickens' ability to move the pocket backward almost every passing snap. He also did a stout job against the run and closing holes when they were there.
Even seventh-round pick Travis Bell made some nice plays, finishing with half a sack and a quarterback hit. Billings did nothing to show he deserves the starting job, and should be on alert.