Fourth and goal: Bears fall short in Cincy

Quick thoughts after the Chicago Bears 30-27 loss to Cincinnati Thursday night in the Queen City.

1. Bears first team offense, specifically, QB Mitch Trubisky, needs more developmental playing time to continue his growth and to work out the kinks in the new offense. Trubisky’s two series of action netted -1 total yards. Drops and mental errors by teammates contributed to the ineffectiveness, but Trubisky’s limited experience was on display when he held onto the ball two long and took a sack.

2. Kevin White remains a major question mark. In limited action, the Bears targeted White frequently, with little payback in return. His drop of a potential first down catch added insult to injury in a lackluster offensive effort. Despite all the talk that White is healthy and ready to make an impact, he appears light years away from the player Chicago drafted with a top ten pick.

3. Tight end will be a major focus of the offense. Although Dion Simms was sidelined and free agent import Trey Burton played sparingly, Adam Shaheen, Ben Braunecker, and Daniel Brown came up big, displaying sound hands and the ability to get open down the seam.

4. By all accounts, kicker Cody Parkey, another free agent pick-up, has demonstrated a strong and accurate leg in training camp. However, last night’s potential game-tying kick from 52 yards that went awry brought back bad memories of last year’s Connor Barth and Cairo Santos failures.

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5. Rookie undrafted free agent RB Ryan Nall put himself in the discussion to possibly land a roster spot or practice squad by racking up nearly 100 yards of rushing. Nall’s straight-ahead, no frills approach isn’t overly exciting, but he moves the chains and demonstrated surprising open field speed. Those attributes enabled him to lead Oregon State in rushing the last two seasons despite a lack of supporting talent.

One Response to Fourth and goal: Bears fall short in Cincy

  1. Joe Pina says:

    Mitch looked like number 3 QB and 2 and 3 looked like number one QB. Mitch needs a lot of work. White has steel hands, first miss maybe, second one even Howard would have caught. Practice,practice,practice that’s what they need. Union has to take limits off some practices, its for sure some players need it.

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