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Bears Grades: Some good, some bad in secondary vs. Packers

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Bears Grades: Some good, some bad in secondary vs. Packers

A difficult area to critique because of the near-complete lack of a pass rush on Aaron Rodgers, giving receivers too much time to work free or gain positioning advantages.

Alan Ball was beaten by James Jones for a touchdown and a 34-yard play in the second quarter, one of two touchdowns scored by Jones. On the other hand, while Ball on occasion appeared to lose Jones completely, the touchdown catches were against very sound, tight coverage, with Rodgers getting the ball in against single coverage and the receivers successfully winning battles for the ball.

Rookie Adrian Amos provided much-needed run support out of the safety position, meeting Eddie Lacy in the hole for a for a first-quarter stop to key a three-and-out. Amos was credited with five solo tackles, including one of the two by the Bears for losses.

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“The way our secondary was playing, they did a great job,” said linebacker/end Pernell McPhee. “There was great communication out there, they were where they were supposed to be all the time. Just building that trust in our coordinator to keep putting us in the right position.”

Sherrick McManis lived up to his honor as the sixth captain with solid tackling in the open field and work as the slot corner. No Bears defensive back managed to break up a pass, however.

“I just need to execute my technique a little better,” McManis said. “It’s something I can get better at and I will get better at.”

Moon's Grade: C

USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

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USWNT star Carli Lloyd has received inquiries from NFL teams after hitting 55-yard field goal

Could Carli Lloyd become the next big multi-sport athlete?

Lloyd, a star soccer player and two-time World Cup champion with the U.S. women's national team, attended Philadelphia Eagles training camp this week. The 37-year-old lined up for a few field goals, drilling a 55-yarder along the way.

NFL teams took notice of Lloyd's kicking prowess. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol TV, Lloyd said she's received some inquiries following her kicking demonstration.

“I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking," Lloyd said. "Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lloyd is a legendary soccer player, so one shouldn't be surprised at her kicking prowess. However, her accuracy is extremely impressive, especially considering that she was kicking through skinny/non-NFL regulation uprights.

Following the double doink that ended their 2018 season abruptly, the Bears' offseason has been defined by their kicking vacancy. Even though Lloyd said she's strictly a soccer player, perhaps the Bears should give her a call. Maybe they already have?

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

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Report: Colts will start third-string quarterback against Bears

Don’t call the Bears third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts a “dress rehearsal,” because neither team is treating it that way.

Matt Nagy has been clear about how he feels about playing his starters in the preseason, and injury concerns are leading the Colts to follow the trend.

With Andrew Luck injured, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is their de-facto starter, so head coach Frank Reich plans to sit him too, according to The Athletic.

Third-string quarterback Chad Kelly is expected to get the start, with former undrafted free agent Phillip Walker to follow.

The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2017. He connected on just under 70 percent of his passes in the first two preseason games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt.

Nicknamed “Swag” Kelly, he’s known as somewhat of a gunslinger, which could make for a more exciting preseason opponent under center.

He hasn’t had a turnover yet this preseason, but the Bears defense will be looking to nab his first.

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