Some long-time friends and I are taking some time away from the big city to hang around in Michigan. Here’s hoping the few days away will give me a clean slate and a fresh outlook.
- The Bears lost another preseason game, falling to the Giants 32-13. That’s back-to-back losses for the Bears at MetLife Stadium. Bummer. Might as well get those losses out of the way now while they don’t count in the standings, am I right?
- One of the most interesting aspects of Friday’s Bears-Giants preseason game happened hours before it even kicked off when it was announced that David Montgomery was on the list of players not expected to participate. It didn’t take long for the rookie running back to make an impression and show how important he will be to the season ahead. Montgomery’s absence wasn’t the worst thing in the world. After all, it allowed the Bears to better evaluate the rest of the running backs room.
- Ryan Nall took advantage of the additional reps left behind by Montgomery, getting 11 touches and tallying 44 scrimmage yards. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but Nall runs hard and falls forward when he is brought down. That’s nice to see. It’s the little things like that will ultimately add up to bigger things in the long run as he angles for a roster spot.
- Kerrith Whyte Jr. didn’t have a great night as in the box score either, but there is no box score stat for having blazing speed. Whyte had a 100-yard kick return touchdown called back because of a penalty. And while it didn’t count, his burst of speed was worth jotting down into the notebook. The running back’s race between Nall and Whyte is only going to heat up over the final two weeks of the preseason.
- Running back turned wide receiver Taquan Mizzell Sr. didn’t do himself any favors last night with two fumbles. Mizzell is dealing with a crowded receivers room, but also looks to have been lapped by Nall and Whyte in the running backs derby. It looks like he’ll have quite a climb.
- Another view of Clinton Duck’s pick:
- Who knew ducks could fly like that?
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 17, 2019
- SUPER DUCK!
- Javon Wims did his part to cement his roster spot with a five-catch, 64-yard game. Imagine how good he’ll look when he is catching passes with the first-team offense.
- Because Chase Daniel knows the offense so intricately, my hope was that he would perform admirably and give a glimpse as to what the offense should look like when Trubisky runs it. So much for that. Daniel completed 12 of 18 passes for 103 yards and posted an 81.5 passer rating.
- Well, at least Mitch Trubisky has his preseason pregame routine down:
Mitch Trubisky just threw consecutive out-route darts to Dax Raymond and Jesper Horsted in pre-game warmups.
(This has been your Mitch Trubisky Preseason Update.)
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) August 16, 2019
- Between penalties and allowing a sack while lined up at tight end, Bradley Sowell had a rough night at the office. There are a half dozen tight end options who are trying to play their way onto the roster, and a night like that could have put him on the outside looking in. But still … there are still two preseason games to get right.
- Let’s keep an eye on what happens with the competitors at Sowell’s previous position. Rashaad Coward left the game in the third quarter with an elbow injury. Cornelius Lucas and T.J. Clemmings are the #nextmanup if Coward, the top swing tackle option, can’t give it a go moving forward.
- After a strong early start in which he had an impressive pass breakup, John Franklin III had a tough night. Giants quarterbacks targeted him often and things spiraled for him in the second half.
- The Bears and Giants played a weird game:
Just so you guys know I'm not out here riffing: 32-13 IS a really weird football score. Only four games in NFL history have ended 32-13:
-SF over Brooklyn, 9/22/46
-SF over NO, 10/16/83
-SEA over SD, 10/27/96
-DAL over WAS, 12/10/00
Preseason football #analysis
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) August 17, 2019
- An old friend finds a new home:
Josh McCown’s football journey:
2010: Hartford Colonials
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 17, 2019