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Hoge's Bears Things: Three obvious players to watch when the Bears play the Titans on Saturday

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August 10, 2023

Good morning!

The Bears play football in almost 48 hours. 

In tomorrow’s newsletter, we’ll take a look at three not-so-obvious players to watch in Saturday’s preseason game against the Titans.

But today, we’re going to acknowledge three obvious players: 

QB Justin Fields — Though minor, I’m surprised there’s any pushback to Fields playing Saturday. He’s far from polished and the same can be said about the offense. I’m still bullish on this unit in 2023, but they’re experimenting with a lot of cadences and we’re seeing plenty of mistakes in practice as a result. Fields and the offense could use one or two (mostly) clean drives Saturday afternoon. 

RT Darnell Wright — See above with the cadences. Wright is in a shockingly different offensive system than he was in at Tennessee, so the difficulty of any natural rookie adjustments has been increased. It’s been an up-and-down camp, but his greatest success might come in the run game, which we’ll finally get to see with live tackling on Saturday. 

CB Tyrique Stevenson — He’s long, feisty and hasn’t backed down from tough competition from DJ Moore and Chase Claypool. I can’t imagine DeAndre Hopkins plays much for the Titans on Saturday, but perhaps Stevenson will see some good reps against former first-round pick Treylon Burks. 

These three players should capture your attention for at least the first quarter, if not longer. Tomorrow we’ll look at a few players who are more likely to play deep into the game and give you a reason to keep watching in the second half.

Up Next: The Bears are back on the practice field Thursday morning at 10 a.m. We’ll have you covered with another training camp recap show at 4 p.m. CT — NOTE the different time today!


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