Postgame news and notes from Soldier Field

Knox outstanding in receiver role

September 3, 2009, 11:59 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

Kevin Jones

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Kevin Jones night ended in an unfortunate way, but Adrian Peterson's place on the team may have been secured due to the injury.

  • Kevin Jones began Thursday night's final preseason game like somebody who knew he was on the bubble. After a few disappointing weeks, Jones showed that missing burst on a few early runs. Then, on his seventh and final carry, Jones landed awkwardly on his left ankle, jumping out of the bounds to avoid a tackler. He was carted off the sideline and was seen on crutches, wearing a walking boot after the game.

    "It's tough, you hate to see it," said offensive coordinator Ron Turner. "I feel bad for him. You know he's come back from the other injury, he's had a good training camp, and I know he was looking forward to getting a chance to make some plays tonight. You hate to see it."

    Adrian Peterson was expected to make the final 53-man roster before Jones got hurt -- now it's a slam dunk.

  • Not a bad preseason debut for CB Zack Bowman, who intercepted a pass on the first play from scrimmage.

    "It felt like I got the whole world off my shoulders," said Bowman. "It's the first game, you got high expectations, everybody's got high expectations for you. Just to go out there and be able to make a play feels good."

    There is little question Bowman starts at Green Bay, but coach Lovie Smith was evasive when asked if CB Charles Tillman will be ready.

    "If he's healthy and ready to go, of course he'll play," said Smith.

    But is he healthy and ready to go?

    "If he's healthy and ready to go, yes, he'll play," repeated Smith.

    Something makes me think Tillman won't be healthy and ready to go until possibly Week 2 versus Pittsburgh.

  • Well, I jumped the gun on CB Rod Hood. Even though the veteran led the team with seven tackles, he got exposed in pass coverage. Plus, he may not be a good special-teams player. At this point, I almost wonder if the Bears should cut Hood and keep CBs Trumaine McBride and Nathan Vasher. Check out this ringing endorsement by Smith:

    "We wanted to give him a long look, especially in the early part of the game. We know more about him right now, and we'll go from there."

    The Bears might not like what they now know about Hood. That's a mouthful, but you get my point.

  • Rookie WR Johnny Knox was already on the final 53-man roster, but his inclusion isn't solely based on draft status. Knox dazzled the Soldier Field crowd, amassing 235 all-purpose yards Thursday night. Let's be careful to not get ahead of ourselves (like I did with Hood); Knox is still learning how to be a professional receiver.

    "It's still kind of fast for me, so I'm just trying to pick it up throughout the season," said Knox.

    Fast is the operative word for Knox. The guy can motor down the field. So even if he can't contribute immediately on offense, he could turn out to be a nice weapon for Dave Toub on special teams.

  • Rashied Davis did not dress for the game, which indicates that the wide receiver will make the team. If he was in jeopardy, don't you think he would've played through his minor injury?

    Davis is one of many outstanding special-teams players ticketed to make the roster. McBride, Craig Steltz, Corey Graham, Nick Roach, Jamar Williams ... the list goes on and on. I initially thought the Bears would keep seven linebackers. Now I'm not so sure. I'm starting to think it could be curtains for the Commando, Darrell McClover.

    First Hood, now McClover -- good thing I'm not the one making the final cuts.

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