The NFL preseason is generally a chance for the veterans to get sharp and for the younger players to prove they belong. With most of the starters playing only 2-3 series, many younger players impressed for the Bears in their preseason opener against Carolina. Phil Emery seems to have done a great job with the draft and his rookie free agents in 2013. Next week against San Diego should give us more insight.
LB Jonathan Bostic
After being beaten on the Panthers first touchdown, Bostic didn't get discouraged. He made the Bears biggest play of the night on defense. Bostic intercepted a Cam Newton pass in the flat and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. Newton has had a pick six in all three career games against the Bears. Bostic also added in two tackles.
The second round pick from Florida is listed as the backup to D.J. Williams at Middle linebacker. Williams was out with a hamstring injury.
The Bears made Lance Briggs into an outside linebacker. He played MLB in college at Arizona. Bostic has exceptional speed and might challenge James Anderson for playing time should the Bears decide they need to get him on the field. He showed his big play capability last night. More plays like that will make it hard for defensive coordinator Mel Tucker to keep Bostic off the field.
WR Marquess Wilson
A seventh round pick out of Washington State, many were praising the Bears for the selection of Wilson. He had a falling out with Mike Leach at Washington State last season and left the team early. Wilson scored 23 touchdowns in less than three full seasons in the Puloose.
He was a big play receiver in college and showed he'll be able to continue that in the NFL. Wilson caught four balls for 82 yards. He nearly scored after catching a Matt Blanchard crossing pattern and took it 58 yards before stepping out at the four. He has good size and excellent speed and could complement Marshall, Jeffrey and the other Bears receiving corps.
QB Matt Blanchard
Efficiency in the most important attribute for a Quarterback in the West Coast offense. Blanchard finished 15-18 for 194 yards with one interception in Carolina. Had Wilson not stepped out, he would have added a touchdown. The Bears depth chart at QB is not going to change, but Blanchard shows promise as a quality backup in the future.
He did throw a costly interception that the Panthers Josh Norman returned 60 yards for the touchdown. That pushed Carolina's lead to 21-10.
LB Khaseem Greene
Greene was drafted two rounds after Bostic. He was a first team All-American and the Big East player of the Year in 2012. He is currently listed as Briggs backup at weakside linebacker. Greene finished the night with two tackles and two assists.
RB Michael Ford
Ford has what fantasy football devotees refer to as a vulture touchdown. After Wilson stepped out at the four, Ford ran it for his first NFL Touchdown. It's going to be difficult for Ford to crack to make the roster. The undrafted rookie free agent is currently listed fourth on the depth chart.
He finished with six carries for 15 yards and the touchdown, and three catches for 35 yards. He showed enough to likely get a chance on an NFL roster if its not the Bears.
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