3 Storylines to Watch: Bears vs. Broncos (Preseason)

3 Storylines to Watch: Bears vs. Broncos (Preseason)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 02: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears reacts after a touchdown reception by Michael Burton #46 in the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game against the Baltimore Ravens at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 2, 2018 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

This will be game No. 3 for the Matt Nagy led Bears.

Expect to see the bigger names out on the field on Saturday night when the Bears take on the Broncos, a team they held joint practices with on Thursday and Friday in Denver.

We didn’t learn much from the Baltimore Hall of Fame Game or last week’s lackadaisical effort against Cincinnati. However, sit tight and look for some more answers in this matchup with Denver.

Here is a look at the Top 3 storylines I’ll be tracking on Saturday night.

Trubisky’s comfort level

In limited time last week against the Bengals, Mitch Trubisky completed 2-of-4 passes for four yards while being sacked once. Again, it is hard to get a full picture of this offense without a plethora of snaps.

The second year quarterback is constantly drawing compliments from players around the league, including this week in Denver. Trubisky has all the tools to be a solid new aged quarterback with his mix of steady legs as a scrambler, strong arm and keen decision making.

Nagy and Trubisky are tight and we will see how much better Trubisky has gotten as a confident young passer. Going up against Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, two dangerous outside backers will be a huge test.

Floyd’s improvements

This is a crucial Year 3 for Leonard Floyd. Turning 26 late next month, the outside linebacker has 11.5 sacks to his name through two seasons. However, he’s missed 10 games due to injury already.

The No. 9 overall pick in 2016, Floyd was Ryan Pace’s first ever pick as the team’s general manager. Floyd is known for his spin move, but we’ve seen some more moves added to his base in practice and last week in Cincinnati. He’s stronger and more sound dropping back in coverage.

The question with Floyd will always be his thin frame and health. With a limited outside backer room, Floyd will be looked upon for a monster season, one that they envisioned from him when he was selected highly in the draft two years ago.

Center battle

Cody Whitehair has proved to be a steady offensive presence, starting all 32 games over the last two seasons. He’s made 28 starts at center specifically, but that could be coming to an end in the near future.

We saw snapping issues from Whitehair last season with the team employing two new quarterbacks in Mike Glennon and Trubisky. Those problems carried over to the Bengals matchup where he had an ugly snap that Trubisky somehow fielded and wound up throwing away to salvage an ugly sequence.

In Denver this week, Whitehair reportedly had bad snaps forcing second round rookie James Daniels into the spot. The Bears wanted to ease Daniels along, playing mainly guard, but with more lapses from Whitehair, Daniels’ time at center could come sooner than expected. Having Whitehair at his natural guard position and Daniels at his natural center position is what the Bears want anyway. Tonight could help us learn more about this dynamic.

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