CHICAGO, IL- The Bears fell to the Denver Broncos 24-17 at Soldier Field Thursday night, but the final score will be the last thing on the minds of Bears fans.
After starting quarterback Mike Glennon left much to be desired with a dismal first quarter performance, the Bears quarterback of the future dominated the Broncos reserves.
Trubisky entered the game with two minutes remaining in the first half, and he immediately led the offense 50 yards down the field for a touchdown. The drive culminated with him rolling to his left and firing a strike to Victor Cruz for a two yard touchdown pass. He kicked off the second half by leading a 12 play, 75 yard touchdown drive and then drove the Bears down for a field goal on their next possession.
He completed his first 10 passes and finished the day 18-25 for 166 yards and a touchdown, with no turnovers and a passer rating of 103.1. All things considered, it was about as good of a debut as you could have hoped for for the rookie.
Glennon, on the other hand, couldn’t have looked worse. He fired the second pass of the game over the head of a double covered Zach Miller into the hands of Broncos safety Chris Harris, who then proceeded to run untouched into the endzone. The next drive ended in a shotgun snap that sailed over his head and was recovered by Denver, the play before the turnover Glennon underthrew an open Cameron Meredith down the sideline. He played one more series, which ended with a punt in Denver territory after he threw a ball at the feet of a wide open Zach Miller on third down.
Glennon finished 2-8 for 20 yards and a pick. It was just one quarter of one preseason game, but Bears fans will sleep a lot easier if Glennon could improve his preseason performances from here on out.
It wasn’t just the quarterbacks who made first impressions on the night. Both of the Bears fourth round picks, running back Tarik Cohen and safety Eddie Jackson, made their presence felt.
Cohen showed why he’s nicknamed “the human joystick”, making defenders miss repeatedly with nasty jukes and cuts. He finished with 39 yards on seven carries and added a 17 yard punt return. Jackson entered the game at free safety with the second unit and while he only had one tackle on the stat sheet, his closing speed was evident on multiple throws in his vicinity. It appears that he has a truly legitimate shot to be this team’s starting free safety.
- Leonard Floyd had a sack on the first play of the game, he burst right around the left tackle and finished the play without a problem
- Kevin White ran with the starters but wasn’t targeted, his quiet training camp/preseason continues.
- Defensive ends Mitch Unrein and Jonathan Bullard were noticeably disruptive in the backfield, while Jaye Howard was hardly heard from.
- Wide receiver/ kick returner Deonte Thompson had a strong game and likely improved his chances of making the 53 man roster. He had five catches for 62 yards and averaged 29.3 yards on three kickoff returns, including one for 44 yards.