The Chicago Bears traveled down to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in the desert. The game came down to the wire and despite a few critical errors by the Bears, the team managed to come away with the win. Following last week’s incredible performance by third-string quarterback Mitch Trubisky a trio of other Bears stepped up big in Week 2.
Tarik Cohen, RB
Coming off a 39 yard rushing performance in his rookie debut against the Denver Broncos, Tarik Cohen stepped up big in Week 2. With starting running back Jordan Howard unable to play with an eye injury, Cohen was promoted and given a majority of the snaps with the first-stringers. With just 11 rushes, Cohen managed to rush for 77 yards against the Cardinals first-team defense. Much like he did in Week 1, Cohen showed that, despite his size, he is able to be incredibly effective in the NFL. He isn’t just a speedy back that takes tosses and sweeps to the outside, Cohen has great vision, makes all the right cuts and has the ability to stay on his feet and fight for extra yards. He’s making a very strong case to be the Bears No. 2 running back.
Deonte Thompson, WR
At the beginning of training camp, I felt there was a zero percent chance that Deonte Thompson would make this roster. He is proving me wrong. Thompson showed the Bears that even though he is getting older, he’s still dangerous and can be an explosive special teamer. The 28-year-old did his best Devin Hester impersonation by returning a missed field goal 109 yards to the house to end the first half. Thompson didn’t return any kickoffs or catch a single pass, but that was a huge jolt for the team and set the tone for the rest of the game. While there were doubts earlier, there is still a strong possibility that he will make the 53-man squad. Running back Benny Cunningham is going to give him a big run for his money for the primary kick returner, but Thompson is more than capable of taking that role.
Jonathan Bullard, DE
Picking up right where he left off last week, Jonathan Bullard continues to show the world that he is a completely different player than he was last year. The second-year defensive end is becoming the animal that he was during his years at Florida. It appears all that work he did with former Chicago Bears defensive end Alex Brown is paying off. Bullard is quick off the ball and able to dominate the point of attack. He finished the game with three tackles, one for a loss, and a quarterback hit. Bullard would have tallied a half sack, but outside linebacker Sam Acho was flagged for a facemask on the play. Bullard was consistently putting pressure on the Cardinals quarterbacks and disrupting plays. Bullard did leave the game with a glute injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too severe.