Bears vs. Cardinals Primer: Three Players to Watch

The Bears travel to Arizona for preseason game two Saturday night at 9 p.m. CT.

All eyes will of course be Mike Glennon, who had a very bad start to his Bears tenure vs Denver. His execution was non-existent and threw a pick 6 on the first drive of the game. Not good.

But for many fans, they cannot wait for Mitch Trbuisky to take the field. After a very impressive debut, Bears fans are eager for preseason football. Personally, I’ve never looked forward to a preseason game before until Saturday night’s contest.

But the quarterback is not the only thing to watch tonight. With notable players like Kyle Long, Markus Wheaton, and Jordan Howard out vs. Arizona, younger players will have an increase in playing time.

With kickoff just hours away, lets take a look at some players to watch tonight.

Eddie Jackson

Eddie Jackson is a standout at Bears camp. He may not be getting the coverage like Trubisky or Cohen, but his play does not go unnoticed. Just ask the coaching staff. Jeff Dickerson of ESPN wrote this week that Jackson had caught the attention of the staff and is getting first team reps. That’s huge for the rookie and for the Bears secondary that struggled to take the ball away last season. Again, do not be surprised if he starts over Adrian Amos at FS Week 1.

Jackson had some good breaks on the ball vs Denver last week. His range is never going to be an issue. It’s his aggressiveness that will have to become a factor in his game. And that is something to keep an eye on tonight. He has made some hits in practice but it must translate to the game field. Also watch for Jackson in the return game.

Cre’Von LeBlanc

With Bryce Callahan inactive for Saturday’s contest, LeBlanc will get more time to show the staff he can be their nickel package defensive back.

LeBlanc had a himself a very efficient rookie season, 10 passes defended to along with two interceptions. The Florida Atlantic product was one of few positives to come from the 2016 3-13 season.

LeBlanc has not created much buzz at camp but tonight is his chance to show his improvement from year one to two. Callahan’s nagging injuries keep coming up and if LeBlanc put together some strong showings in the preseason, the staff should not have an issue deciding who to keep.

Prince Amukamara, who was battening a hamstring issue this week, is going to give it a go tonight barring a setback in warmups. And depending if his time is limited, we could see LeBlanc play on the outside. I am a big fan of his game and should be on display tonight.

Tarik Cohen

With both Howard and Langford out, Cohen has a chance to steal the show.

Cohen’s speed and his aggression at his size ( 5′ 6″) is what makes him a special player. Fans got a small glimpse of what he can do in the open field in game one. Speed kills, no other way to say it.

Tonight’s game could be a big stride for not only Cohn but the Bears running back depth. Langford returned to practice this week, first practice of camp. To miss every practice in Bourbonnais is not good. And add that to his poor showing  last season, Langford is on the roster bubble. Cohen has the chance with an increased snap count tonight to show he can be relied on as a primary backup to Howard.


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