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Shaun Draughn is expected to open the season as the Bears' No. 2 running back.

Rookie Ka'Deem Carey has not been impressive and Michael Ford has been released. Through three preseason games, Draughn has eight carries for 39 yards and three catches for 29 yards. He's a weak handcuff for Matt Forte.
Aug 25 - 11:24 AM

Jimmy Clausen has won the Bears' backup quarterback job.

He beat out Jordan Palmer by completing 64 percent of his 37 preseason passes for 280 yards, two TDs, and one pick. His passer rating is 94.4. Bears coaches have been pleased with Clausen's "arm strength and throwing mechanics." The 26-year-old is a name to keep in mind because of Marc Trestman's QB history. Josh McCown had a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio under Trestman in 2013.
Aug 24 - 7:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen operated as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback in Friday night's preseason game, completing 6-of-9 throws for 36 yards.

He was the only Bears quarterback to lead scoring drives in the 34-6 drubbing, resulting in a pair of late Robbie Gould field goals against Seahawks backups. (Of course, Seattle's backups would start on a team like the Raiders.) Expect Clausen to get a ton of snaps in the exhibition finale as the Bears continue to let him battle Jordan Palmer to back up Jay Cutler. In August, Clausen is a combined 24-of-37 (64.9%) passing for 280 yards (7.6 YPA), two touchdowns and a pick.
Aug 23 - 12:47 PM

Bears RB Shaun Draughn rushed four times for four yards in Friday night's third preseason game at Seattle.

Draughn operated as Chicago's No. 2 back in each of the first two exhibition weeks, but the Bears gave rookie Ka'Deem Carey the backup nod in this one. It's abundantly obvious Chicago wants Carey to grab the reigns there, and Draughn did nothing to help himself against the Seahawks' backup defenders. On the preseason, Draughn has eight carries for 39 yards, and three catches for 22 yards.
Aug 23 - 1:03 AM

Santonio Holmes caught 1-of-2 targets for seven yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night at Seattle.

Josh Morgan opened the game as Chicago's No. 3 receiver, but Holmes mixed in with the first-team offense in the second quarter. He primarily ran with the twos, however, and made his first catch in a Bears uniform on a third-quarter slant for a gain of seven. Holmes is unlikely to make much fantasy noise in Chicago, but he definitely has a chance to help the Bears on the field.
Aug 23 - 12:40 AM

Bears rookie RB Ka'Deem Carey rushed four times for 15 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards in Friday night's preseason game at Seattle.

After playing behind both Matt Forte and Shaun Draughn in Chicago's first two preseason games, Carey was the No. 2 back on Friday night, behind only Forte. The Bears clearly want Carey to win their primary backup job, although he has struggled throughout August, managing 74 yards on 27 carries (2.74 YPC) two three exhibition affairs. Carey has not impressed us from a Dynasty perspective.
Aug 23 - 12:38 AM

Josh Morgan caught 3-of-5 targets for 48 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night in Seattle.

Morgan worked as the Bears' No. 3 receiver, ahead of Santonio Holmes, although that could be a temporary assignment for the ex-Redskin and 49er. Holmes should eventually prove the more dynamic option in three-wideout sets.
Aug 23 - 12:36 AM

Bears S Chris Conte suffered a concussion in Friday night's preseason game.

It's a bad break for Conte, whose roster chances may be slipping way. He just recently returned to practice after major offseason shoulder surgery.
Aug 23 - 12:34 AM

Martellus Bennett secured his lone target for 22 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night at Seattle.

Bennett was ruled to have scored a touchdown on a second-quarter wheel route after a pinpoint throw by Jay Cutler, but it was overturned on replay when Marty B's rear end was shown to be down just before the goal line. Suspended for the preseason opener, Bennett now has two catches for 47 yards in two exhibition affairs. He's a low-end, low-ceiling TE1 in fantasy leagues.
Aug 23 - 12:07 AM

Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 37 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Thursday night in Seattle.

He saw seven targets, while Alshon Jeffery saw eight -- all from Jay Cutler. Moving all around the formation, Marshall played X and Z receiver as well as the slot. His first big catch went for a nine-yard gain in Seahawks slot CB Jeremy Lane's coverage on Chicago's opening drive. Marshall also got by Richard Sherman on a second-quarter double move for a gain of 21. He has 10 grabs for 72 yards on the exhibition season.
Aug 23 - 12:00 AM

Alshon Jeffery caught 4-of-8 targets for 45 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night at Seattle.

Some folks have focused on Jay Cutler's tendency to "lock onto" Brandon Marshall, but Jeffery was targeted on five of Cutler's initial eight throws in this game. Jeffery's on-field performance was sloppy and inefficient, however, as he dropped a would-be touchdown catch and nearly lost a second-quarter fumble. The Bears would obviously rather Jeffery get these mistakes out of his system now. He has seven catches for 85 yards in the preseason.
Aug 22 - 11:57 PM

Jay Cutler completed 12-of-20 passes for 157 yards and an interception in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night.

It isn't a surprise that Cutler scuffled against Seattle's first-team defense, particularly on the road. Cutler was ruled on the field to have thrown a second-quarter touchdown to Martellus Bennett, but Marty B's TD was overturned on replay. Cutler made his first bad decision of the preseason on an ensuing play, where he was picked by Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane on a forced throw in scoring position. Cutler's passing stats through three preseason games stand at 28-of-42 for 317 yards, two touchdowns and the one pick.
Aug 22 - 11:53 PM

Matt Forte rushed three times for 17 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night.

Coach Marc Trestman smartly used Forte briefly, in an effort to keep him healthy for the regular season. Forte entered this game with seven carries for -7 yards on the preseason, so his August stats stand at 10-10 on the ground. He has three catches for 22 yards. The lack of preseason rushing success is not a regular season concern. Forte is a consensus top-three fantasy pick.
Aug 22 - 11:13 PM

Bears LCB Tim Jennings will man the slot in sub-packages this season.

The Bears toyed with the move in the offseason, and made it official during camp. Coming off a strong 2013, Jennings will remain outside opposite Peanut Tillman in the Bears' base defense. First-rounder Kyle Fuller will kick outside when Jennings lines up at nickel.
Aug 21 - 2:00 PM

Brandon Marshall will be flying to New York every Tuesday during the season to film Showtime's "Inside the NFL."

It's not ideal for Marshall to be spending his off day taking two flights weekly, but we trust that it won't be a problem. He's still in the prime for wideouts at age 30, hasn't missed a game since 2010 and keeps his body in peak condition. "He asked me about it. I trust him to make decisions that are in the best interests of the team first," said coach Marc Trestman. "I know Brandon. I know he'll do that."
Aug 20 - 10:33 AM


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