We all look for reasons to watch these meaningless preseason contests because like watching those Bears uniforms in competitive football games. Here are the players worth focusing your attention on should you decide to tune in Thursday night.
- J’Marcus Webb has reached the crossroads of his Bears career. How he responds to his most significant demotion and the fan/media discarding of his potential will determine whether he fights for starting time at right tackle, earns the flex tackle position or ends up on another roster come September.
- Joe Anderson is quickly becoming the new Mike Hass, a summer fan favorite with limited autumn significance. Earl Bennett’s concussion has left an opportunity for someone deep on the receiving chart to make a contribution and impress coaches. Will it be Anderson?
- Jordan Mills & Kyle Long. From the sound of Jay Cutler and Roberto Garza are both prepared and excited to enter the 2013 campaign with a pair of rookies along the right side of the line. Will there be growing pains? Sure. But allowing those growing pains to start the 15th of August as opposed to the 8th of September may turn out to be a coaching masterstroke.
- Khaseem Greene may not have had the highlight reel pick six in the preseason opener but the Bears have been singing his praises just as loudly. Greene is not going to be starting at linebacker to begin the season but his speed and athleticism – especially when it comes to coverage packages – makes him a more interesting component than either Anderson or DJ Williams.
Remember, none of it matters. All that matters is the roster walking back into the locker room without crutches.