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Stock up Youth Eric Kush Jersey , stock down: Bears vs. he fact that the Bears did something they hadn’t done in nearly three seasons.In overcoming a 14 point deficit, they successfully won after trailing by two touchdowns for the first time since Week 5 of the 2015 season against the Chiefs, when they trailed 17-3.In overcoming a 14-0 first quarter deficit, they did something they hadn’t done since Week 6 of the 2006 season, yes, also against Arizona. That was of course, the famous Brian Urlacher ‘Miracle in the Desert’ game. Last season, a 14-0 deficit would have been a for sure game over scenario. Now though, with this defense, the Bears feel like they are never quite fully out of a game, which is nice, since the offense needs all the help it can get.There were some bright spots in Sunday’s game, even if it wasn’t the offensive performance we’ve all been waiting for and wanting.Stock upSherrick McManis, DB - McManis, who is the last holdover from the Lovie Smith era and the longest-tenured Bear, has started just five games for Chicago. He is generally regarded as a Josh Bellamy type; a guy who is a good (although in McManis’s case I’d say great) special teamer, but a guy that the team’s better off not having to rely on too much to play on a starting unit.But Sunday was a big game for the career special teamer: He had a great special teams tackle in the open field and then, when pressed into the line up, had an athletic, diving interception, a pass defensed http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-bobby-massie-jersey , a tackle for loss, a sack and a QB hit. His INT and sack came late in the game when the Bears needed a big play to close it out. Hats off to him, it was his first interception since his rookie season in 2010.Kyle Long, G - Long has bounced back after a couple of injury-plagued seasons and two offseason surgeries to beginning to look like his old self. On Sunday he was getting downfield, pulling and overall just wrecking dudes. If only practicing once or twice a week means we get Pro Bowl or All-Pro level Long on Sundays, then I am all for it.Trey Burton, TE - Burton had four catches for the second straight week and it seems like maybe, finally he’s getting the production that was expected after a preseason of hearing his name daily in training camp reports. He finished Sunday with a season high 55 yards. As Trubisky hopefully gets up to speed, we’ll see more of Burton, like we did on his 25-yard catch along the sideline Sunday.Stock downEric Kush, G - Kush had a rough game with two penalties and getting pushed around with some regularity. The Cardinals have some good defensive players, but issues like this is only going to make the calls for rookie James Daniels to see the field grow louder.Mitch Trubisky, QB - This isn’t to say there weren’t some positives, but every week that the offense struggles to muster up just one or two touchdowns, the questions and complaints will only grow louder. Patience should still be heeded but Bears fans are an impatient bunch, especially with a defense that looks like this one.Kevin Tolliver, CB - Tolliver showed his rookie stripes Sunday. He was targeted and burned a couple times, notably by rookie speedster Christian Kirk. Tolliver may have an increased workload if Prince Amukamara misses a lot of time with his hamstring injury.Who stood out, good and bad, to you?Chicago Bears: What to watch for against the Buffalo Bills The Chicago Bears are heading into their final game of the preseason after what has felt like an eternity since the start of training camp over six weeks ago.After head coach Matt Nagy’s controversial decision to sit all but a pair of their projected starters, Thursday’s game should be much more predictable. It’s also worth noting that the cut down period must be finalized by Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.With roster moves on the horizon Adrian Amos Jersey , how many roster spots are truly up for grabs? That answer isn’t exactly clear, but an educated guess would be right around five.Let’s focus on those battles as we dive into the final what to watch for of the 2018 preseason.Potential preseason debutsQuinn Harris-USA TODAY SportsIt’s possible the Bears could opt to play purely reserves in this game just to play it safe with injuries. Whether that’s to save money on potential cuts (Aaron Lynch) and not risk turning a $1.3 million investment into a $4 million mistake, or simply to have them fresh for the regular season (Roquan Smith). Even so, the team has a pair of players that were expected to play big roles this season that have yet to play in a preseason game.First and most importantly, they must decide on the best move for Smith. The No. 8 overall pick hasn’t played a snap and may wait for Week 1. The question is, how comfortable would they be with the future “quarterback” of the defense playing, and possibly starting, as soon as Week 1 without a single NFL snap?Then there’s Lynch, who is finally back at practice after fighting off his third injury since being signed to a one-year deal in March. I’m not convinced that his roster spot is completely set in stone, but who has stepped up to replace him? At inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is capable of starting in Smith’s absence. And on the outside, Lynch could still be the team’s second best pass rushing option if healthy.CornerbackDennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY SportsAll five starters are set in the defensive backfield. The depth, though, is still unsettled.At cornerback it appears Marcus Cooper, Kevin Toliver, Michael Joseph and Doran Grant are in a battle for the last spot. The issue? Much like outside linebacker, none of these players have done much to separate themselves from the pack. More importantly, they’ve done little to calm doubts of depth at the position.Let’s assume that it’s Cooper’s job to lose heading into Thursday with Toliver as the only true challenger. With that in mind, if one of these four can distinguish themselves against the Bills, they could win the job outright.It’s also possible corner is a position that’s addressed this weekend during the cut down period. Until then this is who the Bears have to rely on if one of their starters goes down.Outside linebackerPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDespite both Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving registering a sack, pressure, and quarterback hit each last Saturday Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey , edge rusher is a position in serious peril for the Bears. The starting two in Leonard Floyd and Sam Acho are set. Overlook the quality there, it’s still a glaring weakness with the final two or three spots on the depth chart. It’s possible Lynch is still the player general manager Ryan Pace signed him to be, but that’s a large gamble.It’s more likely that Fitts, Irving, and Kasim Edebali are fighting for two spots: the caveat being that none of their jobs are safe if they can add an outside option this weekend.Regardless of how you cut it, the Bears could use a true stand out here. Whether that’s Lynch making his debut, or one of the young options making a large statement: a big game is needed for at least one of these four names.PunterPhoto by Jon Durr/Getty ImagesHere’s a battle that has gone somewhat under the radar for the last 40 or so days. Yet, we’re heading into the final game where an argument could be made for either punter to make the roster.A few things to keep in mind:Unless you’re a special teams coach, it’s much harder to evaluate a punter because there’s a surprising amount of factors that go into this process.Patrick O’Donnell has received more opportunities and usually veterans win out by default in these situations.Even so, when you dive into the numbers the undrafted rookie Ryan Winslow has been nearly as productive in half as many punts, including better hangtime numbers.Holding duties is another large factor in this competition. Kicker Cody Parkey has missed two 52-yard attempts with both O’Donnell and Winslow as holders over the course of the last four games.The edge likely goes to the veteran in this situation. Then again, not many outside of Chris Tabor know what they are truly evaluating. By Saturday afternoon we’ll know whose job it is.Running backAaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsThe three primary backs in Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and Benny Cunningham are locked in. It’s also fair to assume that barring something unexpected, fullback Michael Burton has a roster spot.Despite that, it’s likely the Bears opt to carry four true running backs. Which leaves three players fighting for one opportunity.Veteran Knile Davis was a late addition to the mix, and has seen his fair share of opportunities, even over the likes of undrafted rookie Ryan Nall. Davis’ special teams value could intrigue the Bears enough to keep him. Although Nagy may not see enough of a value in a lesser version of Benny Cunningham when all is said and done.This final running back spot likely comes down to Ryan Nall and Taquan Mizzell. Play on the field says that Nall should win the job, but the actions of the coaching staff in snaps leads me to believe that it’s Mizzell’s job to lose.Either way, expect the loser of this Bears positional battle to find their way on the practice squad by Sunday afternoon.

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