Bears to have a look at in Seattle: Teven Jenkins at guard, Kyler Gordon, Velus Jones Jr.’s debut

Bears to look at in Seattle: Teven Jenkins at guard, Kyler Gordon, Velus Jones Jr.’s debut

The Bears’ second preseason recreation may really feel like a typical preseason opener.

Head coach Matt Eberflus stated he plans to play most starters for less than a collection or two. Then one other group of younger gamers may get 20 snaps.

After that, howdy Nathan Peterman and the third-stringers.

For these gamers, although, it’s not solely a chance to be on ESPN however to reap the benefits of the additional enjoying time and placed on some good tape, not only for the Bears however the remainder of the league. There aren’t many roster spots locked up, which implies lots can change Thursday evening.

Whereas it’ll solely be a handful of performs, the sport in Seattle will enable quarterback Justin Fields to maintain getting comfy on this offense. It’ll give rookie left sort out Braxton Jones just a few extra significant reps in an NFL recreation.

The main target, although, might be on those that aren’t entrenched of their roles. The next 10 gamers — after which just a few undrafted rookies — would be the ones to look at towards the Seahawks. It’s a mixture of veterans competing for beginning jobs and roster spots, draft picks hoping to construct off final week’s success, in addition to two notable rookies making their NFL debuts.

1. RG Teven Jenkins: When was the final time the suitable guard had this a lot of a highlight on him earlier than a preseason recreation? Kyle Lengthy’s NFL debut in 2013? It’d be higher for the Bears if proper guard was the lacking piece to a playoff contender. As a substitute, it’s only one place that should get sorted out, and if Jenkins is ready to construct on what he did in follow this week and present the coaches that he cannot solely deal with the within however thrive sufficient to win a beginning job, it’d be a mid-August reward to the group — and to Jenkins, whose roster spot appeared shaky a few weeks in the past.

“He’s huge and powerful and issues occur faster, there are extra shifting items generally on the within,” offensive line coach Chris Morgan advised reporters this week. “Luke talked concerning the psychological stress on guards on this system and he’s acquired (a chance) and we’re excited to see, get a have a look at it and see what every part appears like. We’re going to play one of the best 5 guys, no matter mixture that’s. He positively has these attributes.”

2. OT Larry Borom: After enjoying 35 snaps towards the Chiefs, Borom is in line for one more busy recreation at sort out. Riley Reiff didn’t play within the preseason opener and may not play towards Seattle — he didn’t do group drills on Tuesday. The door may very well be open for Borom to make his case to be the Week 1 starter at proper sort out. At a minimal, he’s proven he can play both facet and be a swing backup.

“He’s doing a very nice job of leaping from proper to left,” Morgan stated. “You’re at all times on the lookout for versatility. You’re at all times on the lookout for guys that may do this.”

3. WR Velus Jones Jr.: It’ll be the NFL debut for Jones, who returned to follow Monday after lacking greater than per week. What can he convey to the return recreation? How will offensive coordinator Luke Getsy use him? It’s an offense missing gamers with dynamic traits like Jones’, and because the group’s third-round decide, there’s some strain on Jones to carry out. We haven’t seen a ton in camp, due partially to his damage. The group may very well be cautious along with his snaps, although, coming off the damage.

4. RB Trestan Ebner: The star of the preseason opener, Ebner ought to get a whole lot of touches once more towards the Seahawks as a returner, runner and receiver. The extra work Ebner can get in go safety, too, will assist construct confidence in his coaches forward of the common season.

“That’s the place he’s acquired to develop, and it’s not simply go professional, nevertheless it’s the go recreation,” Getsy stated. “It’s a problem; we demand a whole lot of the working again in safety and within the go recreation, and he’s able to all these and he’s keen to do all these, in order that’s all good. He’s simply acquired to get extra reps at coping with these and experiencing these. These linebackers in our league and these safeties make it powerful. And we refer it to as a coffeehouse the place they’re in line after which they faux it and so they come again. We had that occur right here as we speak the place the again acquired out and we didn’t get within the safety. These are all issues that these younger guys have gotten to expertise, and I believe he’ll be positive.”

5. WR/PR Dazz Newsome: This might be a vital recreation for the wideouts competing for the ultimate spots on the depth chart. Darnell Mooney might be in that six-to-10 snaps vary, and Equanimeous St. Brown is likely to be, too. Byron Pringle, N’Keal Harry and David Moore are out, and Tajae Sharpe — who didn’t follow this week — is likely to be as properly. Which means extra alternatives for Newsome, Isaiah Coulter, Chris Finke and Dante Pettis. Newsome rallied from his muffed punt to catch a landing go towards the Chiefs, and he had a noteworthy seize in Monday’s follow.

“Justin threw a pleasant ball over the center and gave Dazz an opportunity to go get it, and he made a play,” extensive receivers coach Tyke Tolbert stated this week. “He answered the bell. I used to be glad to see that from Dazz. Once more, confidence is an enormous factor. When a man has confidence, it’s like he can do something and conquer the world. That’s what you attempt to instill in all of your gamers. Dazz has responded to that very properly.”

6. CB Kyler Gordon: Gordon performed his highschool ball 25 miles away from Lumen Subject, which is 6 miles away from Husky Stadium, the place he performed faculty soccer. So it’s a homecoming for Gordon’s NFL debut. The teaching employees is likely to be additional cautious contemplating how a lot time Gordon has missed this spring and summer season, nevertheless it’ll be good to see him in recreation motion. Will he completely play nickel or get a while on the surface?

7. CB Kindle Vildor: The teaching employees has proven confidence in Vildor, giving him beginning nook reps reverse Jaylon Johnson when Gordon is within the slot. Vildor needed to miss follow time and the Chiefs recreation with an damage, however he returned this week. We’ll be taught much more about what Eberflus, defensive coordinator Alan Williams and defensive backs coach James Rowe consider Vildor primarily based on his enjoying time. Is he set as the surface nook — so long as Gordon is enjoying inside — and, subsequently, received’t want many snaps? Or do they need to see how he holds up in a recreation scenario? Vildor struggled final season earlier than finally shedding his job, however had spring.

“I like (Vildor’s) competitiveness, the place he’s proven on this camp thus far,” Eberflus stated earlier this month. “He’s competing. He’s put a pleasant couple of thuds on some runners, so like I used to be saying, corners sort out right here and that’s an essential a part of it and he’s proven that he’s in a position to try this.”

8. S Elijah Hicks: The seventh-round pick of Cal, Hicks had two tackles on protection and one on particular groups final week. He’s a high-energy participant who must be on the sphere lots in Seattle. The Bears might be with out a number of safeties — Jaquan Brisker and Dane Cruikshank didn’t follow this week, Eddie Jackson received’t see a lot time and Michael Joseph was waived. Hicks could make his push to be the No. 4 security.

9. CB Duke Shelley: Shelley missed the primary couple of weeks of coaching camp and the primary preseason recreation, however he returned to follow Monday and has a chance to impress the coaches with all the opposite corners nonetheless sidelined. One among two gamers left from the 2019 draft class (David Montgomery is the opposite), Shelley must be the No. 2 nickel on Thursday evening. He may also play exterior however might have to indicate out on particular groups to assist his probabilities.

10. DE Dominique Robinson: Robinson’s roster spot is secured, however as somebody who continues to be comparatively new to the place, all enjoying time is useful. He flashed within the opener towards Kansas Metropolis and may proceed to get extra comfy within the place, giving the Bears confidence about utilizing him as a part of their defensive finish rotation.

Undrafted rookies to look at

• Tight ends Chase Allen and Jake Tonges determine to get a whole lot of work Thursday evening. With Rysen John haven been waived, these two is likely to be competing for a fourth tight finish spot, with the opposite doubtless heading to the follow squad. Allen is the extra athletic of the 2, however Tonges can play fullback.

• Nickel nook Jaylon Jones strikes again down the depth chart with the return of Gordon and Shelley, however with Tavon Younger nonetheless sidelined, he could make an impression on protection and particular groups.

• It’s going to be powerful for linebacker Jack Sanborn to prime his debut — an interception and fumble restoration — however the Bears are skinny at linebacker and he’ll get a whole lot of snaps.

• Defensive sort out Micah Dew-Treadway, a Bolingbrook native, had a sack towards the Chiefs. He appears to essentially purchase into the “HITS” precept at follow and may very well be the ultimate inside defensive lineman to make the roster.

• Security Jon Alexander was waived earlier in camp however was introduced again due to all of the accidents on the place. He’s an extended shot, however that is his second probability, and he’ll get a whole lot of recreation motion to placed on tape.

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