Chicago Bears: Final Grades from the Game Against the Cleveland Browns
The Bears kept the ball on the ground in the second half, and hung on to win the game 28-20. Chicago finished the preseason at 3-1, and they are ready for the regular season. This final game was mostly the guys on the roster bubble, and the Bears will have some tough decisions going into their final preseason cuts on Friday.
Here are the final grades for the Bears against Cleveland.
Josh McCown: Grade - A
McCown played the entire game at quarterback for the Bears. His smart play and good command of the offense got the Bears out to a 14-0 lead with two nice TD strikes to Dane Sanzenbacher and Armando Allen.
McCown kept the clock moving, throwing smart short passes, and then going play action deep down the field like he did on the TD pass to Sanzenbacher. He finished the game with 157 yards and made a strong case to be retained by the Bears as the No. 3 QB.
Much of this game was about Armando Allen vs. Lorenzo Booker at running back. The Chicago coaching staff is going to have a rough decision on Friday with this one as the Bears will probably keep only one of them.
Armando Allen: Grade - B+. Allen was not as successful as Booker running the ball, but was rock solid catching the ball out of the backfield and from the slot. Allen's first 15 carries went for just 34 yards before breaking a big 49-yard gain on his final carry of the game.
He also had five receptions for 51 yards, including a TD reception from the slot where McCown hit him with a perfect strike for his second TD pass.
Lorenzo Booker: Grade - B. Booker has already proven himself on special teams, and he was the better back on the ground for most of the game. He frequently beat the defenders to the edge, and his stutter-steps caused just enough hesitation to allow him to break the big gains.
He finished the game with 15 carries for 81 yards, and chipped in four receptions for 16 yards. However, he left the game in the fourth quarter with a 'head injury' and did not return.
Tyler Clutts: Grade - B-. Clutts didn't see the stat sheet much, but he's primarily used as a blocking back. He frequently opened the holes for Booker and Allen, and even had three receptions for 14 yards.
The Bears will probably keep six receivers on the final 53-man roster. The first five are already decided with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and Eric Weems. These guys are hoping to make the final spot.
Dane Sanzenbacher: Grade - B. Sanzenbacher had the inside track on the final spot when Rashied Davis and Chris Summers were cut.
Sanzenbacher made a strong case to land the final slot by making a great one-handed TD catch with 6:23 left in the first quarter. He spent the rest of the game on special teams and performed decently in that role as well.
Joe Anderson: Grade - C+. Anderson had just two catches for 15 yards on the day. He has performed well over the last two weeks, but in a very limited role. He will probably land on the practice squad.
Brittan Golden: Grade - C. Golden had a mixed game, dropping two passes and failing to get both feet down in bounds on a third. However, he did come up big on special teams, recovering a blocked punt and returning it for a touchdown. He too could land on the practice squad.
Terriun Crump: Grade - C- Crump was re-signed after being cut earlier this week. He finished the game with only two targets and one reception for just four yards.
The Bears seem content to go with Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth and Evan Rodriguez at TE / H-Back this season.
Brandon Venson Grade - D. Venson was the only Chicago TE who saw any offensive action in this game. He finished with just one catch for five yards.
The backup Chicago offensive line performed well in this game, opening up the holes, allowing the running game to finally get going for the season. They also managed to keep the Cleveland defensive line at bay, and did not allow a sack for the game.
As for individual play, no one really made any glaring mistakes, and no one really distanced themselves from anyone else either.
Ricky Henry: Grade - B. Henry had several plays where he showed good technique and good hustle, keeping the defensive line off of his quarterback. The Bears like him a lot and he has an outside shot to make the team.
Edwin Williams: Grade - B. Williams showed good athleticism on a couple different plays. On a few end runs, he even pulled out and provided additional blocking along with the guards. He did get flagged for a false start later in the game though.
Cory Brandon: Grade B-. Brandon had an OK game as backup tackle, and showed good skills on a couple plays. However, he was also flagged for a false start.
The Bears rested their key starters, looking to get a good read on their backup and secondary players who might make the team in a backup role.
Cheta Ozougwu: Grade - B. Ozougwu had good pressure from the outside, and made a few key run-stuffing plays. He even had a nice sack of Thaddeus Lewis early in the third quarter.
Nick Collins: Grade - C. Collins saw extended time in this game, and had a few nice run-stuffing plays. He finished the game with three solo tackles.
Corey Wooten: Grade - C. Wooten is fighting for a roster spot behind Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije and Shea McClellin. Wooten had an OK game in limited action, and finished with just two solo tackles. He may not have distinguished himself to earn a roster slot on the final 53-man team.
Brian Price: Grade - D+. Price has been on the bubble since signing with the Bears a few weeks ago. He showed good hustle on a few plays in this game, but limped off with an undisclosed injury and did not post any tackles or assists in the game. There are too many players in front of him and he will probably not make the final 53-man roster.
Xavier Adibi: Grade - B+. Adibi has the most experience of the group of linebackers hoping to make the team. Adibi blew up a couple Cleveland plays, breaking through the line to stuff the run on one play, and coming on a delayed blitz for a sack on another.
He finished the game as Chicago's leading tackler and has probably done enough to make the team given their need at LB.
Jabara Williams: Grade - B. Williams is another small-school standout, hoping to find a home on Chicago's roster again this season. He hasn't done much this season, but he does have some experience from last season, and he finished with four tackles and one assist in this game. He's definitely on the bubble.
Patrick Trahan: Grade - B. Trahan has a few key plays under his belt this preseason, and did OK in this game as well. His biggest contribution was driving a punt protector back into the punter in the third quarter, allowing Brittan Golden to pick up the ball and run it in for a score.
Jeremy Jones: Grade - B+. Jones is a rookie who has a shot at making the team due to the key injuries at the safety position. He came up with a big interception in the first quarter that set up the TD pass to Sanzenbacher, and was around the ball for most of the game.
He finished with four tackles to complement the pick, and probably put himself in a good position to make the team.
Greg McCoy: Grade - C+. McCoy did not start out the second half well, missing a tackle on Josh Gordon that allowed him to break off a big 17-yard catch and run.
However, he made up for it later in the quarter on another pass to Gordon. McCoy jumped the route, knocking the ball into the air. As Gordon went to recover, Xavier Adibi tackled him and the ball fell to the ground. However, it bounced off of Gordon's leg before hitting the turf and McCoy was in great position to snag the ball before it hit the ground.
He wisely ran the ball into the end zone, and after the officials reviewed the play, he was awarded the TD.
Isiah Frey: Grade - C-. Frey probably killed his chances of making the final roster, but he may have a shot at the practice squad. He was out of position on the TD pass to Rod Windsor in the second quarter, and missed another key tackle when Thaddeus Lewis was scrambling late in the fourth quarter.
However, he did have a nice open-field tackle of Seneca Wallace in the second quarter when he was scrambling to avoid the rush.
Ryan Quigley Grade - A. With Adam Podlesh out with a hip pointer, Quigley has seen extended time and he's made the most of it. Quigley's first two punts were high, booming punts where the Browns let them go. Both bounced inside the 10-yard line and died where the hit the ground, pinning the Browns deep.
His third punt was fair caught. His fourth was returned for a big gain, but the ball was poked out and the returner fumbled. Quigley was actually the guy who fell on the ball, giving it back to the Bears. If Podlesh isn't ready next week, look for Quigley to fill in nicely for him.
Robbie Gould - Grade - B. Gould had just four extra point attempts, but he made all of them. He also had several kickoffs that went into the end zone for a touchback. He shanked his only field-goal attempt in the first quarter, but it was his first miss of the preseason.