Foles' Wheels, Johnson's Hard Work Pays Off, Patterson the Decoy, and Other Bears Bullets

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Foles’ Wheels, Johnson’s Hard Work Pays Off, Patterson the Decoy, and Other Bears Bullets

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The app that tracks the sleeping patterns on my phone says I slept at a 94 percent efficiency rate, which is by far the best this week. But hours later, my shoulder spoke up and said: You didn’t think it was going to be *this* easy, did you?

•   This tweet didn’t even make it until kickoff:

•   Nearly an hour after Adam Schefter’s tweet dropped, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield went on the reserve/COVID-19 list. ESPN’s Jake Trotter reports Mayfield didn’t test positive, but instead was a close contact with a Browns staffer who did. It’s possible Mayfield could be cleared to return to practice as early as Wednesday, but Cleveland’s football team will be walking on eggshells for the time being.

•   At least the Browns have a bye week to deal with their COVID-19 hurdles. The Bears are walking the tightrope of dealing with COVID-adjacent issues. Safety Deon Bush was ruled out late last night because he came into close contact with someone away from the team. Reserve offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons also landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list today because of a close contact. Simmons, who was promoted from the practice squad just five days ago, will be replaced on the game day roster by Aaron Neary. Adding Neary gives the Bears one (1) offensive lineman with experience at center in a professional game. It’s not much, because we’re talking about just one game of experience. But it’s not nothing.

•   Seeing two Bears land on the reserve/COVID-19 list after the team’s flight landed in Nashville on Saturday gives me a cause for concern. Head Trainer Andre Tucker, General Manager Ryan Pace, and Head Coach Matt Nagy have been progressive and aggressive in dealing with COVID-19 within the confines of Halas Hall. And yet, this is still happening. Goes to show how things can still go south even when proactive protocols are in place. Even still … I see this as more reason to do the right thing and play it as safe as possible.

•   Maybe Tom Pelissero means Darnell Mooney?

•   Getting Cordarrelle Patterson the ball in space should be a priority for a Bears offense that needs chunk plays. However, they need to be sprinkled in within a scheme in order for it to work. There are too many times when Patterson is on the field and you just know the ball is going to him. Fake it on a sweep, play action, pump-and-go … something that isn’t a predictable toss or handoff. Matt Nagy designed one nice chunk play where Patterson was essentially a decoy. Let’s make it two in a row, shall we?

•   But seriously … get Darnell Mooney the rock. Mooney’s 11.2 yards per touch are begging for some more action. Mooney has certainly earned Nick Foles’ trust as a rookie, so a reward is in order.

•   Speaking of rookies on the rise, Jaylon Johnson is the truth:

•   Gross:

•   Nick Foles needs to be faster than that:

•   Khalil Mack is good at football:

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•   Big day for a boost:

•   Look who’s back for the big Lions-Vikings divisional showdown:

•   College football is wild:

•   Hiring the anti-Boylen is a bold strategy, and one I certainly hope works out for the Bulls:

•   Baseball is fun:



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.