By Clyde A. Speller @ClydeASpeller on August 18, 2014
Last week’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars kept the Chicago Bears undefeated midway during the preseason. Though the game wasn’t the prettiest victory for the Bears, there were some players who had performances that could have greatly helped them earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Let’s take a look at the five players who stood out in Chicago’s win over the Jags.
Along with Jay Cutler, the offensive line should be mentioned in this as well. Cutler was 7-of-9 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown, and the flawless protection of the O-line made it much easier for the veteran quarterback.
Jimmy Clausen did throw an interception against the Jaguars, but connecting on 11 of his 15 pass attempts for a team-high 94 yards could have possibly gotten him one step closer to getting that No. 2 quarterback spot.
Josh Morgan is definitely taking advantage of the unfortunate injuries to the Bears’ receiving corps. Morgan caught all three passes thrown his way for a team-high of 41 yards. Morgan could be the final piece to Chicago’s receiving group of Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and the newly acquired Santonio Holmes.
Shaun Draughn nearly outrushed rookie running back Ka’Deem Carey with 10 fewer carries. In addition, Draughn also has two receptions for 12 yards. More production like this in Chicago’s next preseason game could solidify Draughn as Matt Forte’s primary backup.
Shea McClellin made a significant improvement from Chicago’s first preseason game. McClellin recorded four solo tackles, one of which was for a loss, and looked much more comfortable on the field against the Jaguars. He still might not win a spot in the starting lineup, but his performance could earn him more playing time in the regular season.
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