Chicago Bears 13-32 New York Giants
Despite two defeats to start the preseason, there is no need to panic for Bears fans. Although they lost 32-13 to the Giants in New York, head coach Matt Nagy played it safe by resting many of his starters. Here’s the key points from Saturday’s action.
Young players take chance to impress!
With Nagy resting his starters on offense and defense, it gave the fringe players a chance to shine. Rookie cornerback Clifton Duck produced arguably the best play of the game. With the giants attacking and on the 1 yard line, Duck intercepted an Alex Tanney pass with a full length dive. He then had the awareness to get back onto his feet and return the ball 62 yards. Linebacker, James Vaughters also impressed by strip sacking Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. Second year wide receiver Javon Wims caught 5 passes for 64 yards to show what he is capable of.
Depth at Running Back?
With Pro bowl running back Tarik Cohen and rookie RB David Montgomery not taking to the field, it was left to Ryan Nall and seventh round draft pick Kerrith Whyte Jr to lead the running game for the Bears. Nall averaged 3.3 yards for seven carries and Whyte Jr only ran for 10 yards on six carries, including a touchdown. However, Whyte’s numbers could have been a lot better if his 103 yard kick off return hadn’t been called back for a holding penalty. It begs the question, does the fact that RB Montgomery didn’t feature against the Giants lead us to believe that the rookie will play a big role for Matt Nagy this season?
Kicker Fry cut as Pineiro left as only kicker
The battle to become the Bears number one kicker has been an interesting watch throughout the first two weeks of preseason. With Elliot Fry impressing in week one against the Panthers and Eddy Pineiro edging the kicking duel against the Giants in week two, it looked like the battle would go down to the wire. However, on Sunday, Matt Nagy announced that they had waived Fry, leaving Pineiro the Bears’ only kicker. Although they can still bring in another kicker, it looks like Pineiro has done enough to secure the job in Chicago.
The Bears travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in week 3 of the pre-season.
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