There is only one reason to care about who wins the Bears exhibition season opener with the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on Thursday night, and if you’re goofy enough to bet on one of these glorified scrimmages, I’m sure there’s nothing I can do to change your mind.
Here is what is worth watching:
New starting quarterback Mike Glennon and the Bears starters healthy enough to go will run somewhere between 10 and 15 plays against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
It is ridiculously early, so the results for the most part will be predictive of nothing or next to it, but it will be fun to see where they’re at right now.
A close eye on Kevin White and Cam Meredith in particular could be instructive as a healthy Denver defense fields the best trio of cornerbacks in the NFL.
The Bears first-team “D” just needs to be ready and aggressive, as we will learn little about them facing a Bronco offense that is unlikely to scare anyone in the foreseeable future.
What really does matter in these practice games are the reps given to second- and third-teamers, and which players take advantage of them to stake a claim to a spot on the final 53-man roster.
That leads me right back to the wideouts.
White, Meredith, Markus Wheaton and Victor Cruz are going to make this football team, and my gut tells me Josh Bellamy will make the roster because of his contributions to special teams and the fact that none of the first four guys will contribute there.
That leaves one spot if the Bears carry six, or possibly two if they carry six and Bellamy…
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