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Bears receivers grab top offensive grades from PFF in preseason opener

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Bears receivers grab top offensive grades from PFF in preseason opener

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy rested all the team's starters in Thursday night's Hall of Fame Game, so fans will have to wait another week (or more) before seeing the likes of Mitch Trubisky, Jordan Howard and Allen Robinson march down the field.

But that didn't stop a few skill players from having good performances in front of a national audience.

The star of the game was rookie wide receiver Javon Wins, who totaled seven catches for 89 yards. He impressed beyond just the box score. His body control and better-than-expected explosiveness helped him achieve the highest grade on offense from Pro Football Focus; Wims scored a 76.4. The former Georgia Bulldog played 52 snaps, 42 of which were pass plays.

Right behind Wims in PFF's grades was Josh Bellamy. The veteran receiver scored a 75.5 in what was an important momentum-building game for him. Bellamy caught two of his three targets for 25 yards. He could end up in a battle with Wims for the final receiver spot on the 53-man roster.

Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray scored a 72.5 (much better than Chase Daniel's 58.2), and Rashaad Coward led all offensive linemen with a 66.9.

Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

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Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

Thursday Night Football has a rich history of providing insanely boring games. It unites the football watching community by reminding them that hey, maybe that weeknight ACC game is a better choice (it was!). Last night's literal scrap between Cleveland and Pittsburgh broke the mold, though, and everyone brought some real Weekend Enthusiasm to their takes today. Plus there's still 48 hours before any other games, so strap in. 

There was a defensive lineman's take:

There was an offensive tackle's take: 

There was Tarik Cohen's take:

Allen Robinson was watching the Mavericks: 

The NFL just announced that Myles Garrett would be suspended indefinitely, so there will be certainly be more takes to come. When they come – and they will – from the Bears' direction, we'll have it covered. 

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

JJ Stankevitz catches up with NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about how important Sunday's Bears-Rams game is for both teams. They also discuss the degree to which the Bears miss Jordan Howard, and Lovie Smith's revival of the Fighting Illini (1:00).

Then, producer Eric Strobel and NBC's Chris Simms discuss how teams are game-planning for Khalil Mack, how and why both the Bears and Rams have disappointed this season and which franchise he'd want to be moving forward (11:00).

Listen to the episode here or via the embedded player below:

Under Center Podcast

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