Not much I can say about the Jacksonville Jaguars besides that they are pretty much your ideal preseason opponent. Exactly like a nice set of training wheels to get your shit all tuned up for the real deal in a few weeks. Let’s hop into it:
1st Down: Is it time to start worrying about the health of the offensive line?
Long, Mills, and Britten chalked up a DNP against the Eagles, and De la Puente went down in the game. I’ve seen some people starting to get a little worried, wondering what to make of four of our seven core offensive linemen being hampered by injuries. I wish there was an answer for this but there isn’t a person outside of the locker room that has a clue of the severity of any of them. It looks like Mills, Britten, and Dela’s injuries may keep them out for at least the forseeable future but K. Long is ready to go. Busting out these moves in his Dad socks will make you feel a little better:
Anyway just take a good look at Ola, Leno and Brown. It looks like these are the three guys most likely to step in if something went seriously south with the guys above.
2nd Down: How do we feel about the way Tucker has been managing the Linebacker situation?
So on the preseason depth chart blog I talked about how I was baffled as to why Bostic wasn’t competing with McClellin. Someone tried to point out that it was only because of Bostic playing in the nickel package and that made sense to me. I gave the guy a my bad and we went on our way. It turns out that, that was incorrect. Bostic has not played any OLB and they have him solely slotted at MLB as well as their guy when they shift to nickel. So I ask the question again…why aren’t we having more players get a crack at this? It’s clearly the weakest linebacker spot, and we are pretty much at this point just tossing it on a guy who has been underwhelming his whole NFL career. Why is Greene getting essentially buried behind Briggs? Why didn’t Christian Jones get many reps against the Eagles? What is going on in Tuckers brain when it comes to linebacker?
3rd Down: Is the Special Teams unit going to pull their heads out of their asses?
Not going to go too in depth here. They looked awful the last time out as you saw them winning the “Ugly” category in my last blog. Need to have a better showing at literally every position. Big opportunity for the return guys to gain some ground with Chris Williams most likely being out with a bad hamstring.
4th Down: How excited are we to most likely have some familiar faces back at Safety?
At the time of this blog it looks like Steltz and Conte have a decent shot at playing, and I know Chicago is foaming at the mouth to see CC back in saddle. With the two guys who have the most Bears safety experience back it’s going to be interesting to see how the reps get split up between these two, Mundy, Vereen, Wilson, Jennings, and McCray. The safest bets at this point look like Mundy and Vereen, but who is going to win these last couple spots?