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  • Bears vs. Giants: Notes from a difficult loss
    by Jacob Infante on August 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Tyler Bray’s play left a lot to be desired, but such play is to be expected in the preseason. | Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Our day-after notes segment returns to cover a Bears preseason loss. A preseason football game was played between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants on Friday. The Bears rested all of their starters on offense and defense, leaving their second- and third-team units to try and lead their team to victory at MetLife Stadium. New York—who only willingly benched two of their starters: Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram—predictably had their way with Chicago’s backups early on. Even when the Giants led their backups onto the field, the Bears had still trouble stopping them, falling short in a 32-13 defeat. Though the Bears struggled on both sides of the ball, there were still some positive anecdotes to take away from this week’s preseason game. Here are some notes on how their backups fared last night. Offense As one would expect, the Bears had issues marching the ball down the field against the Giants’ starting defense. The likes of Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence made the jobs of Chicago’s second-team offensive line difficult early in the game. The Bears were unable to ignite a spark in the running game from the get-go, but they even struggled against New York’s backups. Chicago ran for just 34 yards on 20 attempts, with 23 of them coming from Ryan Nall on seven carries. Kerrith Whyte Jr. was able to pick up the team’s only touchdown on a one-yard touchdown to The poor offensive line play hindered both quarterbacks, too. Chase Daniel was sacked three times, though he was mostly at fault for the bobbled snap that ended up in a safety. He completed 12 of his 18 passes for a 66.7 completion percentage, but he ended up with just 103 yards, he struggled mightily in terms of pocket presence, and he failed to extend plays after his offensive line collapsed. Tyler Bray didn’t do much better, if he even did better at all. He overthrew a handful of passes, including a would-be touchdown to Marvin Hall. He finished the night 6-for-13 with 53 yards. Even though the quarterbacks struggled, the Bears’ wide receivers put together decent nights. Javon Wims led the team in both receptions and receiving yards with five and 64, respectively. Building upon his stellar training camp, the 2018 seventh-round pick looked the part of a player more than able to step up in Allen Robinson’s ‘X’ receiver role and succeed in the offense. Riley Ridley only had three catches for 19 yards, but he looked fluid as a route runner and showcased the natural athleticism that was apparent in camp and college. He and Wims will be competing for snaps in the regular season, but both could be in store for bigger roles down the line. Tanner Gentry also showed up, securing three catches for 31 yards, including one 18-yard play. Taquan Mizzell, on the other hand, had an underwhelming night, finishing with four carries totaling in a loss of a yard. He also fumbled the ball twice and failed to catch a pass. With he and Gentry being two players realistically trying to catch onto the practice squad, one of them was able to put together a better outing than the other. Defense The Bears were plagued with tackling issues through last night’s game, but not all was terrible with their defensive performance. Clifton Duck made the play of the night, intercepting an Alex Tanney pass in the end zone for a 62-yard return. The undrafted rookie cornerback read the flat perfectly and jumped the route to make a big play: the sign of a legitimate NFL defensive back. Even if Duck doesn’t make the 53-man roster, plays like those—along with the numerous plays he made in training camp—will presumably open up a slot for him on the practice squad. James Vaughters made the other notable defensive play: a strip sack on the Giants’ first-round quarterback, Daniel Jones. Though New York’s tight end pulled off an effective chip block, the right tackle moved outside and behind the right end instead of inside, where the opening was. This allowed Vaughters to zero in on Jones, and he swatted the ball out of the rookie’s hands before he could get the ball away, showing off good bend off the edge while doing so. With the nonexistence of a pass-rushing attack off the edge that the Bears have had in the preseason—save for Isaiah Irving’s sack last night—more plays like that could help Vaughters stand out in an otherwise lackluster group of backup edge rushers. Though Duke Shelley failed to tackle Bennie Fowler on New York’s opening touchdown, he had a solid day in coverage. He showed good athleticism coming out of his breaks, as well as fluid hips and good general situational awareness. The Kansas State product’s performance last night mirrored both the strengths and weaknesses that he had coming out of college. Nick Kwiatkoski, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, and Josh Woods combined for 23 tackles, but all three inside linebackers had somewhat disappointing games. Iyiegbuniwe didn’t look as strong as one would expect a player of his frame to be, Kwiatkoski looked slow in space, and Woods’ play was generally uninspiring. With the amount of running lanes that the Bears’ defensive line failed to plug up, their linebackers also tended to struggle with stopping a Giants rushing attack that picked up 161 yards. Special teams Kickers! Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry both had a few opportunities to stake their claim to the 53-man roster, each kicking twice—Pineiro had two field goals and Fry a field goal and an extra point. Fry was given the first kickoff attempt of the night, placing it near the front of the end zone. He hit his lone extra point attempt for the game, but he missed wide left on a 47-yard field goal. Though the kick had enough distance, his delivery sent it outside of the goal posts. Pineiro, on the other hand, hit both of his field goal attempts: a 41-yarder and a 27-yarder, respectively. After Fry hit both a field goal and an extra point last week against the Panthers—in which game Pineiro missed a 48-yard field goal—the former Florida kicker needed a chance to rebound, and he did so this week. The kicking competition remains wide open, though Pineiro’s leg strength may give him the advantage in terms of upside. With neither kicker running away with the competition, the next two games will be crucial for either of them to prove themselves worthy of a roster spot.

  • The Bear’s Den, August 17, 2019
    by Ken Mitchell on August 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Clifton Duck #38 of the Chicago Bears returns an interception against the New York Giants in the second half during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. | Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images Some good, some bad, and some careers went up in smoke... see what I did there? BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS With every starter sitting out, the Bears fall short in their preseason game against the Giants - Chicago Tribune - The Bears held out more than two dozen of their key players from Friday night’s preseason game against the Giants. So what exactly went down at MetLife Stadium? 2 days after a fight in practice, Bears keep Kyle Long home from tonight’s preseason game - Chicago Tribune - Two days after he was involved in a fight at practice, Kyle Long did not make the trip to East Rutherford, N.J., for the Bears’ preseason game against the Giants on Friday night. Kyle Long doesn’t travel with team to preseason game vs. New York Giants - NBC Sports Chicago - Long got into two separate fights in practice this week. Instant analysis of Bears’ 32-13 preseason loss to Giants - Bears Wire - Recapping the Chicago Bears’ Week 2 preseason loss to the New York Giants Studs and Duds from Chicago Bears preseason loss to New York Giants - Bears Wire - A pair of little-known defenders stood out for the Chicago Bears in their Week 2 preseason loss to the New York Giants. Video: Clifton Duck makes diving interception - Bears Wire - Who knew Duck diving would take place in a football game? Bears rookie CB Clifton Duck came up with a big interception at the goal line against the New York Giants QB Alex Tanney. Duck made the pick and returned the ball over 60 yards, setting up a short touchdown run by rookie RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. Video: OLB James Vaughters strip sacks Daniel Jones - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears OLB James Vaughters channelled his inner Khalil Mack during the Bears preseason game against the New York Giants, stripping the ball out of QB Daniel Jones’ hands and returning the ball eight yards to put the Bears in the redzone, but a sack and a missed 47-yard field goal attempt by E... Emma: Observations From Bears-Giants - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy was plenty comfortable resting his key players in his team’s second preseason game and evaluating the reserves who led the way. Bears kickers fight for starting job while most other starters sit in loss to Giants - Chicago Sun-Times - As if the preseason was even noble enough to mock, the Bears continued to make a mockery of it. In the name of safety, of course. Bears’ Montgomery good to go - Chicago Sun-Times - Following impressive debut vs. Panthers, rookie RB sits out with the starters vs. Giants Three takeaways from Bears-Giants: Have the Bears found a dynamic backup OLB? - Chicago Sun-Times - In the second quarter, James Vaughters swatted the ball out of quarterback Daniel Jones’ right hand and recovered it. Bears coach Matt Nagy makes right call disciplining RG Kyle Long - Chicago Sun-Times - The incident in practice this week was Nagy’s first major disciplinary decision as a head coach, and he handled it wisely. POLISH SAUSAGE Goodell: We are all rooting for Josh Gordon to succeed – ProFootballTalk - The NFL has formally announced Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon’s conditional reinstatement from suspension. Gordon was suspended indefinitely last December and the league’s announcement says he will be allowed to rejoin the Patriots for meetings and conditioning work on Sunday. Josh Rosen starting for Dolphins – ProFootballTalk - Ryan Fitzpatrick may or may not play tonight. He was not among the players the Dolphins listed as out against the Bucs. But Josh Rosen will start, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. KNOW THINE ENEMY Detroit Lions-Houston Texans joint practice recaps, highlights: Rough day for Lions - Pride Of Detroit - Seems like the Lions took a step back on Thursday. Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: 53 man roster prediction - Daily Norseman - With the second preseason game almost upon us, the roster is starting to come in to focus. Packers stock watch: Bolton, wideouts shine in slog vs. Ravens - Acme Packing Company - Packers linebacker Curtis Bolton flashed for the second consecutive game and looks like one of the leading candidates to fill in for the injured Oren Burks. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON Curl: 2019 NFL Preseason Chicago Bears vs New York Giants - Javon Wims impresses in a mostly underwhelming preseason outing from Bears backups - Windy City Gridiron - Bears lose 32 to 13 in mediocre New Jersey romp in preseason week 2. Wiltfong: Bears vs Giants - 3 things I’ll be watching for tonight - Windy City Gridiron - After Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy held a 60-play controlled scrimmage on Wednesday night at Halas Hall, allowing him to simulate several in-game possibilities, I doubt we’ll see many of the... WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. 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  • Javon Wims impresses in a mostly underwhelming preseason outing from Bears backups
    by Patti Curl on August 17, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Bears lose 32 to 13 in mediocre New Jersey romp in preseason week 2. 25 Bears sat out this game. For those counting, that’s every defensive starter (nickel or base) and every offensive starter including 2 RBs, 4 WRs, and 2 TEs. Perhaps surprisingly, this proved to be a disadvantage for the Bears when it came to scoring points, preventing points, or other win-loss related activities. Full delicious preseason box score here. Javon Wims: a Bear amongst boys The Bears offense didn’t have much to show for itself in the first half. Except curl routes to Javon Wims. I only counted four of these targets, but Wims consistent seperation, leverage, and sure paws were so reliable that after the second, I had the luxury of looking away to pet my cat as soon as the ball was thrown, knowing with certainty it would be pulled down. Wims topped off the half with a deep reception on a fancified post route that gave the Bears the opportunity to practice spiking the ball with 1 second and gave Piniero an opportunity to barely make a 27 yard chip shot field goal. Kylie and Isiah Vaughtta watch their backs James Vaughters showed up with the first pressure, which he made the most of by forcing a fumble and scooping it up. Has somebody been paying attention to alpha Bear Khalil Mack in practice? For those keeping count, Vaughters was also the bear who scooped up Josh Woods’ forced fumble last week. Considering how little Kylie Fitts and Isiah Irving have done to make a case for themselves, this Vaughters fellow is catching my interest. In their defense, both Fitts and Irving got into the backfield as soon as the Giants third string tackles came out, Irving getting the credit for the sack. Did Bradley Sowell lose too much weight? Maybe there’s just not enough Bear on his bones. Tackle-turned-tight-end Bradley soul has struggled in pass protection for two weeks now, today giving up a sack from Marcus Golden. Backup Tackles continue to struggle in pass protection Rashaad Coward didn’t give up any big plays, but he was overeager to back up on passing downs and generally looked over his head. Cornelius Lucas was called for two holding penalties and gave up a sack. It’s possible the Bears eventual swing tackle isn’t on the roster. Are there enough bear claws in Chicago for Bradley Sowell to put that weight back on? Marvin Hall seems to inspire bad throws For two weeks now, he’s gotten open deep only to tempt a Bears quarterback (or two) to throw over or underthrow him for incompletion. It’s happened multiple times with both Bray and Daniel so I can only assume it’s Marvin’s fault. He needs to stop getting open so the Bears don’t waste their downs. Kerrith Whyte is still fast He returned a kickoff for an easy breezy touchdown before it was called back for a holding penalty. They can call back the ball, but good luck calling back the blazing burst of beautiful Bear that blew past them. Outside cornerback depth still looking unsettled Kevin Toliver slipped on the first play trying to follow Cody Latimer on a basic dig route. He didn’t do anything to make up for that. John Franklin III - Started out looking good in coverage. tackled on the catch when he did give up receptions. Then he gave up a touchdown catch to TJ Jones. It was a well-placed ball from Daniel, but JF3 was not it good position even if it hadn’t been. Clifton Duck had the best standout play with a goal-line interception that he ran back half the field. Nevermind that he was caught by a bottom-of-the-roster Giants receiver. My Elliott Fry neck tattoo is not aging well In my defense, there’s no way I could have known he would eventually miss a field goal. Bearly notable Chase Daniel’s play of the night may have been inspiring Lorenzo Carter to slap him on the helmet and earn a 15 yard penalty in the Bears favor. Ryan Nall started out strong with a 9 yard screen and a 12 yard run then got swallowed for the remainder of the game. Riley Ridley was unable to capitalize on multiple poorly-placed CD4 targets—his best play was a 6 yard screen pass. Jonathan Bullard struggled to shed blocks in the run game. His only play was falling on a fumble that flopped in front of him. Tanner Gentry caught some balls—his believers should be satisfied. Taquon Mizzell secured his spot off the final roster with two fumbles tonight. Preseason scores don’t matter. But the Bears depth didn’t do much to impress either. September can’t come soon enough.

  • Bears vs. Giants: Live updates and open thread
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on August 17, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports It’s Bears vs Giants tonight live in some preseason action! Enjoy the second half everyone For live updates you can check out NFL.com. Second quarter - Eddy Pineiro makes another FG! Bears trail 19-6. Second quarter - Kerrith Whyte Jr. with a kickoff return for a TD... but a holding penalty negates it. Second quarter - Daniel Jones throws a TD pass for the Giants. Second quarter - Chase Daniel recovers a fumble out of the end zone for a Giant safety. First quarter - Eddy Pineiro makes a 41 yard field goal to make it 7-3, Giants. First quarter - The Giants score early on an Eli Manning to Bennie Fowler TD. Fowler ran through a Duke Shelley tackle. The Bears may be playing mostly backups, but it seems at least 6 other teams are interested in the deep roster that Ryan Pace as assembled. NFL scouts from 6 other teams are in attendance at the #Bears vs #Giants game.— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) August 16, 2019 The Bears and Giants are going at it tonight in the second preseason game for each team, and as always the outcome is meaningless. But there are some players on both sides of the ball fighting for a job. There might not be any room on their respective rosters, but putting good tape out there for the other NFL teams is a must. Here are all the Bears that won’t be playing tonight. David Montgomery is among those not playing tonight. The rest of the list: TrubiskyRobinsonMillerGabrielAmukamaraClinton-DixFullerSkrineCohenJacksonMackSmithTrevathanWhitehairDanielsMassieLenoLongBurtonPattersonShaheenGoldmanFloydHicksNichols— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) August 16, 2019 Reports are that Kyle Long didn’t even travel to New York. Speculation is the Wednesday night fight at practice is the reason why. For live updates you can check out NFL.com. And keep in mind this is an open thread, so behave yourselves. Chicago Bears’ fans, this is everything you need to know about the 2019 preseason opener between the Bears and the New York Giants! After the Bears held a night time controlled scrimmage on Wednesday at Halas Hall, I doubt we’ll see many of the starters against the Giants. And I’m okay with that. Week one is all that matters right now, so get these guys to the Packers game healthy. The Giants are expected to play quarterback Eli Manning for a bit, so it will be good for the Bears to see a veteran QB. When is the game? The Bears travel to New York New Jersey to play the Giants at at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Friday, August 16, 2019. Kickoff is at 6:30 PM (Chicago time). How to watch! The game will air live on the NFL Network and according to 506 Sports, the game will be aired in the following markets. Chicago Feed: Adam Amin with the play by play and Jim Miller as the color commentator. WFLD (FOX/32 - Chicago) KPLR (CW/11 - St. Louis) WIFR (CBS/23 - Rockford) WYZZ (FOX/43 - Peoria) WRSP (FOX-55/27 - Springfield/Champaign) WSBT (FOX/22.2 - South Bend IN) WANE (ION/15.2 - Fort Wayne IN) WEHT (ABC/25 - Evansville IN) WAWV (ABC/38 - Terre Haute IN) WPBI (NBC/16 - Lafayette IN) KLJB (FOX/18 - Quad Cities) KFXA (FOX/28 - Cedar Rapids IA) WOI (ABC/5 - Des Moines) WISC (CBS/3 - Madison WI) The game can also be streamed on chicagobears.com or on the Official Chicago Bears app if you live in the above markets. New York Feed: Bob Papa on play by play and Carl Banks on color. WNBC (NBC/4 - New York) WNYT (NBC/13 - Albany) WSTQ (CW/14 - Syracuse) WFXV (FOX/33 - Utica) WICZ (FOX/40 - Binghamton) WETM (18.2 - Elmira) WTIC (FOX/61 - Hartford) WFFF (FOX/44 - Burlington VT) KFVE (13.2 - Honolulu) The game can also be streamed live if you purchase NFL Game Pass, and you can sign up for a 7-day trial to check it out. How to listen! Here’s the usual radio information straight from the Bears’ website. The contest will be broadcast on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM, with Jeff Joniak (play-by-play), former Bears guard Tom Thayer (analyst) and Mark Grote (sideline reporter). Hector Lozano, Omar Ramos, and Carlos Mendez will call the game in Spanish for TUDN Deportes Radio 1200 AM and Latino Mix 93.5 FM. The game will also be broadcast across the Chicago Bears Radio Network. Odds: Giants -2.5 What’s at stake! Nothing really. We’re talking ‘bout practice... But there are a few bubble guys that will be fighting for a spot somewhere.

  • Bears vs Giants: 3 things I’ll be watching for tonight
    by Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. on August 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Photo by Elsa/Getty Images After Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy held a 60-play controlled scrimmage on Wednesday night at Halas Hall, allowing him to simulate several in-game possibilities, I doubt we’ll see many of the starters tonight. The New York Giants are expected to play several of their starters for a little while, so it’ll be interesting to watch how Chicago's reserves play. Even though most of the team seems set, the Bears’ 53-man roster does have a little wiggle room right now. Here are a few of the players/position groups I’ll be keying in on in tonight’s practice game. The Tight Ends I doubt we’ll see roster locks Trey Burton or Adam Shaheen, but the other tight ends on the roster will get plenty of chances to shine. I’d like to see Bradley Sowell do more than just block, and I’d like to see Ian Bunting do a little blocking. Sowell is the odds of favorite to be the “blocking” TE, but I want to see his new svelte 277 pound frame get a pass thrown his way. Bunting had an up and down game a week ago, but he may have moved to the head of the UDFA class of tight ends. Ellis Richardson, Dax Raymond, and Jesper Horsted will try to impress too. John Franklin III and Kevin Toliver II These back up corners have both played well this offseason, and both will look to continue making a case for inclusion on the 53-man roster. Toliver was the first outside corner off the bench a year ago, while Franklin was a practice squadder. Back up outside linebacker Someone wake me up if Kylie Fitts, Mathieu Betts, Isaiah Irving, or Chuck Harris make a play. Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd are backed up by Aaron Lynch, but after these three it’s been crickets. They were quiet all camp and quiet against the Panthers last week. With Lynch nursing a sore shoulder it makes finding another quality edge rusher that more important. How about you guys? Where will your focus be in tonight’s game?

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