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Glennon perfect, Trubisky solid: Six takeaways from Bears scrimmage

Glennon perfect, Trubisky solid: Six takeaways from Bears scrimmage

1. What you missed: We understand the dilemma on a beautiful Saturday: Should I come downtown, battle Cubs and Lollapalooza traffic to see a 3-13 team try to win me over? Understandable. Roughly 15,000 did and they got a good show, from performance on the field to some giveaways, interactive stuff around Soldier Field, and a good 20-25 minutes of players ringing the field signing autographs before the practice. Several came out afterwards, too, for those who lingered before departing. Most notably, it was Kevin White, signing, posing, taking selfies in full uniform.

2. "8" was great: Mike Glennon and the No. 1 offense (minus guards Kyle Long and Eric Kush) came out against the twos on defense and scored a touchdown on a nine-play, 60-yard drive. Glennon was 5-of-5 for 57 yards, connecting with White, Cam Meredith (18 yards on 3rd-and-8), Tarik Cohen (14 yards), and Dion Sims twice (12 yards, and an 8-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-3). His day was done. Next: a good Broncos defense.

3. Mitch-apalooza: The kid started out with four straight passes, with three completions for 45 yards. Then he had a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage before four straight runs. On third and goal from the 4, Victor Cruz was well-covered and out of real estate on an incompletion that set up a field goal. Hroniss Grasu was also called for a false start during that possession. Cruz said afterwards he was impressed by Trubisky in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage.

4. Cruz Control: Cruz caught a 14-yarder from Trubisky, but prior to that, he split safeties Quintin Demps and Adrian Amos (uh-oh?) for a 48-yard TD from Mark Sanchez, who might have been sacked if this were a real game. Cruz then looked like he was going to start doing a salsa, but decided to save it for an opponent, with discouragement from ex-Giants teammate Prince Amukamara, who sensed what was about to come.

5. Sleek Tarik: Cohen's game translated in this much-more-live scenario, getting lost behind linemen before picking a hole or speeding to the outside. Six carries, 31 yards, and that 14-yard catch-and-run. Leonard Floyd chased him down from behind for just a two-yard gain after he was slowed a bit in traffic.

6. Cohen's fellow-fourth rounder: On Cohen's first carry, he actually suffered a three-yard loss. The guy who put him down? Eddie Jackson.

How ‘spatula hands’ Adrian Amos is a perfect representation of the Bears’ defense 

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How ‘spatula hands’ Adrian Amos is a perfect representation of the Bears’ defense 

Adrian Amos grew up a Ravens fan, and would go play football with his dad on a field in the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. So what was the best game of his career on Sunday — eight tackles and a 90-yard pick six — carried more meaning for the Bears’ safety. 

“This was a dream come true coming back to play in this stadium,” Amos said. “That’s a blessing in itself. Not a lot of people from Baltimore get the chance to do that, to be in this stadium.”

Amos played nearly 2,000 career snaps before recording his first NFL interception on Sunday, when he was in the right place to snag a ball Kyle Fuller — another Baltimore native who was outstanding against the Ravens — tipped pass. Amos always was regarded as a sure tackler who could be counted on to stick to his assignments, but for whatever reason he never was able to get himself an interception. 

“Sometimes, I call him ‘spatula hands’ because he doesn’t catch a lot of balls,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. 

“Akiem’s always got the jokes,” Amos said. Hicks never actually called Amos “spatula hands” to his face, and after dropping that line to the media, he told Amos what he said (“He’s got jokes for everybody,” Amos added). 

Homecomings and jokes aside, Amos is playing his best football right now, and that’s been huge for a Bears defense that’s needed to replace plenty of key players before the halfway point of the season. Amos, who lost his job when the Bears added Quintin Demps and Eddie Jackson in the offseason, is starting in place of Demps, who broke his arm Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

“At that time, there was a guy playing better than him,” coach John Fox said of Amos losing his starting job in training camp. “And, at this time, he’s playing the best in the group. And that’s why he’s playing out there.”

Amos played a grand total of one defensive snap in Weeks 1 and 2, but has played every single defensive snap — as well as 26 special teams snaps — in the last two weeks. He had eight tackles against both Minnesota and Baltimore, and against the Ravens, he notched a tackle for a loss and two pass break-ups. 

This Bears defense showed in the first five weeks of the season to be a “fine” group, one that wouldn’t make many mistakes, but also wouldn’t make a lot of plays. That changed on Sunday, with Bryce Callahan picking off a pass, Christian Jones forcing a fumble and Amos notching an interception. 

Like the Bears defense this year, Amos was a solid player who hadn’t made a lot of big plays in his career. And like the Bears’ defense on Sunday, Amos finally made a critical play when it counted. 

“It’s just a mindset thing,” Amos said. “Just staying focused. Stay confident in my ability. Just keep working, being aggressive, just put my head down and work, that’s all I know.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Cornette (The U/ESPN 1000) join Kap on the panel. Justin Turner hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. So why was Lackey even in the game? How much blame should Joe Maddon get for the loss?

The Bears run the ball over and over and over again to beat the Ravens in overtime, but should they have let Mitch Trubisky throw the ball more?