10 things to watch in the Bears' second preseason tilt on Saturday night

10 things to watch in the Bears' second preseason tilt on Saturday night
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Members of the Chicago Bears articipate in warm-ups before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on August 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Bears head out west to face the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night in preseason game No. 2.

Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET.

Not everyone will be spending their Saturday night watching what is viewed as a meaningless game. But for the diehard Bears and NFL fans, there is plenty of reasons to follow along.

Last week, I looked over five storylines to watch in the preseason opener against Denver. I'll provide you with 10 things to watch for this exhibition meeting with Arizona.

Glennon against Trubisky

I might as well get this out of the way. The main reason people will be tuning into the Bears-Cardinals game on Saturday night is to see Mike Glennon stink it up and Mitch Trubisky play out of his mind. That is what happened in the preseason opener and what many hope will happen again.

Head coach John Fox said that the quarterback depth chart will stay the same meaning that Glennon will run with the first team offense, Mark Sanchez will get the next chance and then Trubisky will come into the game. Connor Shaw might not even sniff the field until the fourth preseason game against Cleveland.

Trubisky doesn't pay attention to the media and slammed down the idea that there is hype building around him when media asked on Wednesday. Glennon may say publicly that he doesn't track the media stories, but maybe he should. Trubisky is breathing down his neck.

Another bad performance from Glennon and stand out one from Trubisky, it will make it awfully tough for Fox to twist his words in the postgame press conference. No. 8 vs. No. 10, two players from the same team. Put your television on and watch. It is worth it.

Kevin White's get off

No catches. No targets. That was Kevin White's night last week against Denver.

Granted he only played seldomly with the first-team offense, it would still be nice to see the third-year wideout do something. He has four NFL games to his name which includes 19 catches for 187 yards since becoming the No. 7 overall pick in 2015.

Cameron Meredith is the No. 1 wide receiver and for obvious reasons after his breakout 2016 season. But White can be a major factor for this team if he gains consistent separation and becomes the playmaker general manager Ryan Pace and Co. believed he could be. This preseason is crucial for White for his confidence. That includes this game.

A major audition for Kyle Fuller

It is widely believed that fourth-year cornerback Kyle Fuller will either be traded or released prior to the start of the season. The 14th overall pick in the 2014 draft had 119 tackles and six interceptions in 30 starts before sitting out all of last season with a knee injury.

He had offseason knee surgery but never returned to the field. That forced defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to make awkward comments about Fuller's motivation to play the game.

Regardless this is where we are at with the former Virginia Tech starter. Fuller is under contract this season for a base salary of $1.73 million. The Bears declined to pick up his fifth-year option of $8.5 million back in April.

Free agent addition Prince Amukamara won't suit up this week after suffering a hamstring injury in practice. That means Fuller will likely draw the start opposite new Bear Marcus Cooper. Whether this game will up his standing with his current team or a different one, getting good film on tape is key for Fuller.

No. 23 will be monitored all night on Saturday. We've heard that before in Chicago.

Langford has to play big

Once labeled the replacement for longtime star back Matt Forte, Jeremy Langford failed to impress as the No. 1 guy last season before suffering an ankle injury and giving Jordan Howard an opening for the starting gig.

Langford is finally healthy and healed up from off-season ankle surgery. He appears to be well behind though with fourth round rookie Tarik Cohen and veterans Ka'Deem Carey and Benny Cunningham doing nice things in the preseason opener.

Howard won't play much in this game, so it is more important than ever for Langford to make himself valuable again. He has shown up in the passing offense at times but has inconsistent hands. Plus, his 3.5 career yards per rush average is nothing to brag about.

He's a confident kid and isn't going to back down from a competition. Ideally, a backfield of Howard, Cohen and Langford would be really solid. Carey should crack the roster if they keep a fourth back because of his special team's ability.

What can Floyd do for you?

It's impossible to ignore Leonard Floyd's speed cut off the edge that led to a sack of Denver's Trevor Siemian last week. Floyd has gained strength to his long frame and it appears he's added some moves to his pass rushing collection.

The spin was a top move for Floyd as a rookie but on the sack of Siemian a week ago, he was using his hands to battle past the block. Health is key for him as he battled concussions a season ago.

We saw a glimpse of the untapped potential that Floyd has last year. Pace talks highly of last year's No. 9 overall selection. Floyd's biggest issue besides health was his lack of muscle and so far it appears he's packed it on. Here's to hoping, he can become the next big pass rusher in Chicago.

More salsa for Cruz?

Only Deonte Thompson (8) was targeted more than Victor Cruz (6) last week. Cruz may have only caught three balls for 11 yards and a touchdown, but he looked healthy and he is a leader.

Markus Wheaton returned to practice this week from his appendectomy but he suffered a broken finger which he'll need surgery on. Kendall Wright had one catch for 14 yards on two targets.

Cruz is competing with Wright for playing time, so he'll need to get more yards after the catch in this game. The young wideouts look up to Cruz because of what he's been able to do. It appears he can still do some of those things that made him one of the top guys in the league. Will there be more salsa dancing for the 30-year-old in Arizona?

Kicker battle with two former Buccaneers

It was strange to see Robbie Gould getting the ax last season in favor of Connor Barth. But Barth fared well for a bad Bears team connecting on 18 of 23 field goals including a long of 54 yards.

Now, he'll face competition from the guy who forced his release from Tampa Bay last May. Roberto Aguayo was a second round pick last year that the Buccaneers traded up to select. Barth was cut in a corresponding move.

Aguayo was waived on Saturday, but the Bears decided to put in a claim for the former Florida State star. It is unknown if Aguayo will kick against Arizona, but you have to think Barth is not going to let the 23-year-old take his job yet again.

Grasu and Whitehair inside

In practice, Hroniss Grasu has slid into center and Cody Whitehair has bounced out to left guard with the first-team offense. With Kyle Long still recovering from off-season ankle surgery, expect to see Grasu and Whitehair inside next to veteran Josh Sitton.

Grasu held his own against backups vs. Denver. Whitehair had an awful snap that went over the head of Glennon in the first quarter and turned into a fumble.

Left tackle Charles Leno Jr. didn't do much well against the Broncos, but veteran Bobby Massie performed well at right tackle.

With Long out, this is a big chance for Grasu to showcase his progress. At the very least, this gives the Bears versatility that they are prepared with during the season just in case Long isn't at 100 percent again.

The Shaheen show

Second round rookie tight end Adam Shaheen is a big kid at 6'6", 270 lbs. A former college basketball player turned Division-II tight end, Shaheen only had one catch for three yards on two targets last week.

Regardless, he will get more time on the field this week and as long as he proves to be a reliable blocker, he will earn a role. Shaheen is a giant red zone target and there's no doubt in my mind that offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will try to get him involved there.

Zach Miller and Daniel Brown didn't do anything to separate themselves (one catch for four yards on five combined targets). Dion Sims is locked into the blocking tight end role. Expect a lot of 12 personnel from the Bears this season. Shaheen should be right in the thick of things.

Emerging players to keep an eye on

LB John Timu, WR Tanner Gentry, G/T Tom Compton, DE Jonathan Bullard, S Eddie Jackson.


Only one cut down will be required this year, from 90 to 53. Following the final preseason game season on Sept. 1, teams will have until Sept. 3 to make 37 cuts.

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