By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63
Bears 27-Chiefs 20
Twitter went ballistic when coach Matt Nagy announced that most of the starters would sit out the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Some would argue that the Chicago Bears number ones needed more reps. Especially that of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
I have been a fan of everything I've seen from Bears rookie head coach Matt Nagy, but there are no circumstances under which the decision to not play starters, particularly Trubisky vs. the Chiefs makes sense. I continue to be a Nagy fan, this is one decision, but it's a bad one.
— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) August 25, 2018
Then there were others like myself, who believed that prior to the cuts, players needed to audition for that open roster spot.
Since the Bears have had extra practices due to the Hall of Fame game, Nagy felt they needed a break. Fans were thinking the worst, that the Bears were going to just lay down and let the Chiefs run all over them. That was not the case. Veteran QB Chase Daniel lead the Bears down the field for a score on the opening drive. Running back Benny Cunningham ran it in for a 13-yard score.
The Bears have solid running back starters in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Add Benny Cunningham, and Taquan Mizzell to the mix and you’ve got one strong RB core. However, I don’t think the addition of Knile Davis to the punt return is going to work. He does not have the speed or quickness to return the kick for yards. I would like to see Ryan Nall on the practice squad as a RB insurance player.
It was great to see wide receiver Kevin White get additional reps and that long-awaited touchdown. Both White and fans have been waiting for that. But the star of the second half again was rookie Javon “Juice” Wims. Wims had 4 touches, 114 receiving yards, and a touchdown. The Bears have a wicked WR corps in Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Wims and possibly White and Allen Robinson II. I’m iffy on Robinson as we haven’t seen much of him in the preseason. Let’ see what happens in the regular season.
What Kevin White did to Orlando Scandrick is illegal in some states. pic.twitter.com/xdM3TRNg0V
— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) August 25, 2018
There is confidence for the first time in the backup QB position Daniel. The Bears haven’t had much success with backup quarterbacks, but Daniel has proven that he can command the offense, make plays with his feet, and put points on the board.
And let’s not forget kicker Cody Parkey who actually kicked a 48-yarder for three points! The Bears special teams, for the most part, did pretty well, minus some missed tackles in the third quarter. The defense held the Chiefs at the goal line which was nice to see. However, when gassed, they got smoked by Chiefs WR Marcus Kemp to make it a one-score game. But at the end of the day, the Bears 2nd and 3rd string team had their way with the Chiefs first team and that’s promising going into the regular season.
Bears are now 2-2 in the preseason. Look for my next piece as I call out the 53-man roster.
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