- Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears beat reporter
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CLEVELAND -- With the preseason now in the books (mercifully), here are five things we learned from Thursday's game against the Browns:
Todd Collins is decent: Not a bad debut by Collins. The 38-year old quarterback completed 10 of 15 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in one half of work. The Bears kept things simple for Collins, who displayed a nice passing touch, while also showing the ability to absorb a few hits. Collins did nothing to disrupt the Bears plan, which calls for the veteran to open up the regular season as the No. 2 quarterback, with Caleb Hanie sliding to No. 3. Collins is only a short-term solution, but at least he has a basic understanding of the offense, and can make a couple plays if necessary.
Jarron Gilbert put up a fight: We've seen more production from Gilbert in the past two games (two sacks) than we saw all of last year and the bulk of this training camp. Maybe it's too late, but at least Gilbert showed a pulse. Same with Henry Melton, who recorded a few tackles, but also got anihiliated on one memorable first half play by Cleveland tackle Tony Pashos. Corey Wootton didn't dress after coming down with a case of food poisoning earlier in the week, so this was the night for Gilbert to make his case. We'll find out quickly if it worked.
The Bears will try to hide Joshua Moore on practice squad: Moore got wiped out by a blocker on one particular run play in the first half, but the rookie out of Kansas State has quietly put together a nice preseason. Once Moore started keying on a receivers hips, and not his shoulders, the fifth-round pick dramatically improved his coverage. Moore does need to get stronger -- a reason Dave Toub probably can't use him right away on special teams -- but the cornerback has talent and potential.
Brian Iwuh is solid insurance behind Lance Briggs: Many consider me the president of the Brian Iwuh fan club, but you have to admit, Iwuh was a smart offseason aquisition. He was extremely active Thursday night, and showed impressive athleticism knifing through the gap while dropping a Browns runner for a loss. Iwuh's real impact should be felt on special teams, but if Briggs were to get hurt during the regular season, the drop off at weak side linebacker wouldn't be unbearable.
Fourth preseason game won't be missed: Not exactly a compelling watch without Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs or Olin Kreutz suiting up in a half empty Browns Stadium. Plus, the first-team defense saw action for one play, that's it. As much as I enjoy analyzing the Dan LeFevours of the world, nobody will shed a tear when the NFL cuts the preseason to two games.
Joshua Moore and Brian Iwuh stood out in Cleveland.