It’s only the middle of August but it feels like the grind of the regular season for the Chicago Bears given the NFL’s unique preseason scheduling. The Bears are playing on the west coast on a short week, taking on the Seattle Seahawks in a primetime matchup for their second preseason game.
The game will likely feature most of the team’s reserves, with most starters only getting around 6-10 plays, according to head coach Matt Eberflus. Still, it’s a great opportunity to watch players who are looking to either continue their strong preseason campaigns, or others who are trying to get one started.
Veteran wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has come on strong as of late, following up solid camp practices with an impressive preseason debut. Sharpe caught two passes for 44 yards to lead the team, making impressive catches on both targets. He’ll likely see extended playing time on Thursday and could be a top option in the passing game yet again.
A couple Bears rookies are set to make their preseason debut during this game, one of them being wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. The team’s third-round pick out of Tennessee was out for about a week due to an undisclosed injury and missed the preseason opener last weekend. But now healthy, he’s sure to see plenty of reps to help get up-to-speed and will be itching to show off his speed when the Bears take the field.