Chicago Bears: Hall of Fame Game raises eyebrows about wide receivers

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The Chicago Bears opened their preseason in this year’s edition of the Hall of Fame Game. We learned quite a bit about the receivers in just one game.

It is about time, isn’t it? The Chicago Bears were back on the field Thursday night in live-game action. The Bears took on the Baltimore Ravens in this year’s edition of the Hall of Fame Game, as both teams honored legendary linebackers being inducted this weekend.

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As the Bears and Ravens did their best to make Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis proud, one of the positions continuously under the spotlight for the former created many questions.

It was already a foregone conclusion that the Bears weren’t going to put Allen Robinson on the field. With a fifth preseason game this year, the last thing Matt Nagy wanted to do was risk his top overall free agent signing getting hurt.

Aside from Robinson, most people didn’t think we would see Taylor Gabriel, as he has been the other starter opposite Robinson. What I was happy to see, as well, is Anthony Miller sitting this one out. The rookie second-round pick has been lights-out in training camp and appears to have impressed enough to be treated as a starter.

So, the Bears’ top three wideouts sat this one out — seems pretty logical, right? Well, beyond those three guys, it’s pretty safe to say the majority of this wide receiver group was under the microscope Thursday night.

What did we learn? What questions were created? Out of any position on Thursday night, the receiver position certainly sparked plenty of questions. I try to make sense of four particular players at this spot following Thursday night’s action.