Chicago Bears: Position grades from preseason week one

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Position Grades: Offense

Quarterbacks: C

The Bears’ offense as a whole looked pretty bad on Thursday, and that was headlined by some sub-par quarterback play.

Mitch Trubisky started the game but only played two series, completing two of four passes for just four yards. Two series is an awfully small sample size, but Trubisky didn’t look amazing in limited action.

Chase Daniel looked solid at times, completing eight of twelve passes for 76 yards and an interception. Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray put up solid numbers (18-27, 219 yards), but missed several open receivers, and threw an interception.

Running Backs: A

While Jordan Howard did not play, and Tarik Cohen did not record a carry, the running backs looked strong. Rookie running back Ryan Nall led all running backs on Thursday with 95 yards on just nine carries, headlined by a 69-yard run.

Taquan Mizzell (12 carries, 27 yards) and Demarcus Ayers (three-yard end-around) both recorded rushing touchdowns on Thursday, looking strong all-in-all, and making the competition for the third-string back even closer.

Wide Receivers: C

The wide receivers didn’t put up much of anything on Thursday, as Tanner Gentry (54 yards), Ayers (24 yards) and Bennie Fowler (22 yards) were the only receivers to amass 20 yards receiving. Rookie receivers Javon Wims and Anthony Miller struggled, making just three total catches for five yards.

Tight-Ends: A+

The Bears’ tight-ends were by-far the strongest of the offensive units, as Daniel Brown (90 yards), Adam Shaheen (53 yards) and Ben Braunecker (20 yards) led the Bears offense on Thursday. Even without Trey Burton and Dion Sims, the Bears’ tight-end unit looked really good.

Offensive Line: A

The Bears’ offensive line looked solid as well, allowing just one sack all night. Rookie center James Daniels stood out on the Bears’ line, while the rest of the line did well in helping the running backs and tight-ends to big nights.