Khalil Mack is a threat to make a game-changing play on any snap. It took him less than two quarters to get it done for the Bears on Sunday night.
After Aaron Rodgers left with a leg injury, backup quarterback DeShone Kizer came in and sparked the Green Bay Packers offense with a much-needed drive into the redzone.
It looked like he would get a field goal at the very least and put points on the board for Green Bay, but Mack did his thing on third down, ripping the ball out of the quarterback’s hand to force the turnover and maintain the first-half shutout.
The Packers’ right tackle Bryan Bulaga actually didn’t do a bad job. Kizer doomed himself by fleeing the pocket to the right, taking away Bulaga’s leverage and running right into the arms of the incoming Mack.
The Pro Bowl outside linebacker did the rest, locating the ball and forcing the turnover in a show of brute strength. So far, Mack looks well worth the blockbuster trade and record-breaking contract.
The Bears announced on Friday afternoon that former All-Pro safety Roosevelt "Rosey" Taylor passed away. Taylor was 82.
A two-time Pro Bowl safety with the team in the 1960s, he spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career with the Bears from 1961-1969, starting every game. He appeared in 118 games, with 108 starts and 23 interceptions.
Taylor was named first-team All-Pro in 1963 and voted to the Pro Bowl after a season that saw him have a career-best nine interceptions. In the recently published "Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, Taylor was listed as the 56th best Bears player of all-time. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Washington.
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Bears receiver Darnell Mooney went on Bears All Access on Friday, mainly to talk about his experience as a rookie under such unique circumstances. When asked to give a scouting report on himself, Mooney used the opportunity to pitch himself as more than just a speedy vertical option:
"A guy who's going to more than give you speed," Mooney said in sharing a scouting report on himself. "He's going to give you something explosive with the ball. Everything that you could ask for that you haven't seen, you're definitely going to get that out of me.
"The all-around receiver, as you would dream of. Everybody having that all-around package. I feel like I have that."
Mooney added that he's 'never seen himself as a fast guy' (he ran a 4.38 40 at the Combine) and has been focusing more specifically on route-running since his sophomore year at Tulane. It's surely music to the Bears ears, but given the state of the Bears' passing offense in 2019, even if Mooney does have a limited route tree in Year 1, they'll take what they can get.