The Chicago Bears opened their 2016 NFL preseason schedule with a 22-0 loss against the Denver Broncos last week. John Fox and the Bears looked incredibly rusty, although that isn’t a big deal during the preseason. Chicago has now shifted their attention to this evening’s game against the New England Patriots.
It will be interesting to see what the team has improved over the last week of practices. Fox can’t be happy with the embarrassment that his team received last week even though it was a preseason game.
All of that being said, what three things should Bears’ fans be on the lookout for in particular this week?
Does Kevin White Look More Comfortable and Productive?
Kevin White was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and the Bears have high hopes for him this season. He was only able to record one reception for three yards last week, but will likely receive a bit more attention this week. It will be interesting to see if he looks more comfortable within the Bears’ offense and what kind of production he ends up recording.
Which Running Back Takes the Lead?
After watching Matt Forte walk away in free agency this past offseason, Chicago needs to figure out who their starting running back will be this season. Jeremy Langford is the likely starter, although rookie running back Jordan Howard has made some noise. If Howard can put up a big game this week, he could narrow the starting running back competition considerably.
Who Takes Control as the Primary Backup Quarterback?
Jay Cutler has received criticism throughout his career and the Bears need to have a decent backup behind him. Brian Hoyer had a rough first preseason game with the Bears, although he is widely expected to win the backup job. David Fales and Connor Shaw are both competing with him, however, and it will be interesting to see if there is any movement in the backup quarterback competition this week.
Expect to see the Bears show a lot of improvement this week. They still have another couple weeks after this game to get ready for the regular season, but they need to show signs of improvements after their blowout loss last week against Denver.