Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bears' bubble watch
By Jeff Dickerson
CHICAGO -- In a cruel twist of fate, the guys on the bubble probably performed better than certain players with guaranteed roster spots. Here's a quick recap of how the bubble players fared against Arizona.
Juaquin Iglesias showed a nice chemistry with Dan LeFevour.
Juaquin Iglesias: It may be too late for Iglesias -- especially since Earl Bennett looks close to returning from a hamstring injury -- but the former third-round pick made the most of his opportunities, catching two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. Iglesias did a nice job of adjusting to the touchdown ball thrown by Dan LeFevour, going up in the air and beating the defender for the score.
Garrett Wolfe: Wolfe didn't get many touches on offense -- one carry, one reception -- but he came through with two special teams tackles. If Wolfe makes this team, it'll be because his play on special teams is far superior to Khalil Bell. Neither is expected to have a huge role on offense, but Bell got more work Saturday night, with five rushing attempts and two catches. This battle may go down to the wire.
Jarron Gilbert: Nice to see Gilbert make a play. The defensive end was credited with a sack and a forced fumble, by far the biggest impact he's made in the preseason. Is it enough to earn a roster spot? Probably not, but at least he has something positive to build on heading into the final preseason game in Cleveland. Expect Gilbert, Corey Wootton and Henry Melton to see plenty of action versus the Browns.
Dan LeFevour: He's not going to make the final 53-man roster, but LeFevour's performance may have earned the quarterback a spot on the Bears practice squad -- granted he clears waivers, which shouldn't be an issue. The rookie posted a quarterback rating of 129.2, completing 10 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. One thing about LeFevour, he's certainly getting better every week. It's also a good sign for LeFevour that Matt Gutierrez failed to take a single snap.