Chicago Bears: Position grades from preseason week one

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Special Teams Grades:

Kicker: B

Cody Parkey looked good for the first three quarters, nailing his first two field goals and all three of his extra points. However, Parkey missed a potential game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter, which eventually cost the Bears the game.

Punter: B+

Both Pat O’Donnell and rookie Ryan Winslow looked good enough on Thursday, as O’Donnell totaled 122 yards on three punts, while Winslow had one punt for 45 yards

Returners: C

The Bears’ return game looked really poor throughout, as Taquan Mizzell had 44 yards on two kick returns, while Demarcus Ayers had just three total yards on five returns. Starting return men Benny Cunningham and Tarik Cohen did not play, so the Bears’ sluggish showing on special teams doesn’t really mean much of anything.

In terms of production, special teams is probably the position in which the preseason matters the least, at least for the Bears. All starters are firmly slated into their starting positions, as the Bears go into 2018 with a somewhat-strong special teams unit. Minus the missed field goal, the Bears special teams didn’t do too much wrong.

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The Bears are back in action next Saturday, taking on the Denver Broncos in their third preseason tilt. The first two games didn’t end as Bears fans might’ve hoped, but it certainly feels good that football is back.