Final thoughts following the Bears' dress rehearsal win

Final thoughts following the Bears' dress rehearsal win
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: The Tennessee Titans line up against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Nissan Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Bears seem satisfied with Mike Glennon after his turnaround performance in Sunday's dress rehearsal against Tennesse.

Personally, I wouldn't anoint Glennon the Week 1 starter after his showing in the 19-7 victory. Yes, he completed 11-of-18 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown but he was 7-of-9 for 84 yards on the team's opening touchdown drive. He had a passer rating of 102.5.

That means he completed just 4-of-9 passes for 50 yards after that. Rookie Mitch Trubisky relieved him to start the second half.

Trubisky started off slow but showed poise in the pocket and the ability to go through his progressions with ease. In total, he connected on 10-of-15 pass attempts for 128 yards, a touchdown and a 115.4 passer rating. He had one ugly throw into double coverage for Deonte Thompson that was nearly intercepted by Titans cornerback LaShaun Sims.

Regardless, it is clear Glennon will be the Week 1 starter when Atlanta comes to town. John Fox and his coaching staff saw enough in terms of his shaking off the rust. I give him the benefit of the doubt there to a certain degree considering he hadn't played live football outside of two NFL preseasons the past two years.

But Glennon shouldn't need excuses to win the job. He is an average NFL quarterback with slow feet and an accuracy problem. It is just a matter of time before Trubisky takes the job away from him.

I don't think Tony Gonzalez is the only one thinking this right now.

Glennon failed to impress after that opening touchdown drive where he found Kendall Wright three different times on third down. His touchdown pass was to a wide open Dion Sims and it certainly looked good. However, he didn't do much after that while Trubisky was able to do this.

***Facing a 2nd and 14 early in the fourth quarter, Trubisky hit undrafted rookie wideout Tanner Gentry in stride on this 45-yard touchdown pass. This is a thing of beauty.

The relationship between the Bears' top two quarterbacks is clearly close.

It remains to be seen how long Glennon will hold down the starting gig. But in my mind, it won't last long.

Wide receiver mess

Cameron Meredith went down with a left knee injury. Moments later, the cart came out and so did the air cast. The soon to be 25-year-old is likely done for the season with a torn ACL, according to coach Fox.

It is a true shame for the former Illinois State quarterback. He's come on strong the last few preseasons and his 2016 showing was impressive in the regular season. He's a guy I've liked since he arrived as an undrafted rookie in 2015.

Now, the team will look to Wright, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton and others to fill the void.

Gentry, Deonte Thompson, Victor Cruz, Josh Bellamy, Titus Davis and Daniel Braverman are also competing.

Right now, it is a mess in my opinion. We have yet to see White do anything spectacular and he's basically still a rookie in Year 3 due to injuries. Wright is a solid slot receiver they can count on. Wheaton hasn't played at all due to an appendectomy and then a broken finger after that.

I think Wheaton will be the biggest playmaker once he returns. Gentry and Thompson should be locks. Gentry has shown a tremendous chemistry with Trubisky and is a really strong wideout. Thompson is a special teams standout and nice depth piece.

If the team decides to keep a sixth receiver, I'd be a little surprised. Bellamy is injured, Davis is inconsistent, Braverman is not a factor and Cruz looks well past his prime. This is a position that needs an upgrade and scanning the waiver wire upon final cuts will be key for the Bears here.

Injury notes

Besides the Meredith injury, here are the other notable injuries from Sunday's game.

CB Prince Amukamara (ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LS Patrick Scales (knee), LB Dan Skuta (concussion) and LB Leonard Floyd (foot).

Final thoughts

This Bears group is much improved. I don't care if this is the preseason, the defense is a strength and the running game and offensive line is solid all around.

Getting the wide receiver core to make enough plays will be a task but the tight ends are good enough with Zach Miller, Dion Sims, Daniel Brown and rookie Adam Shaheen.

Quarterback is still going to be the most talked about position as long as Glennon wins the job.

The Bears will be better than a three-win team a year ago. Injuries were brutal to them last season and depth is on their side now. Just figuring out who belongs will be telling here over the next week.

General manager Ryan Pace is finally building his own team here in Year 3. It is a different look all around and that is a great thing.

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