Anderson proves he belongs with Bears

Anderson proves he belongs with Bears
August 30, 2013, 12:00 am
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Jake Flannigan

Joe Anderson's big performance in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Browns may have surprised some people, but Anderson isn't one of them.

"When my number is called this is what I'm going to do," Anderson said. "I got a job to do like everyone else. It's no surprise. It's all about opportunity."

The play of the night was made by Anderson, who connected with quarterback Jordan Palmer on a back-shoulder touchdown pass in the second quarter. The five-yard score was the only touchdown of the game for the Bears, but it wasn't the last time Anderson would have an impact.

In fact, on the very next play from scrimmage Anderson nearly had himself another score. He would instead have to settle for a 37-yard completion down the middle of the field, one of the team's largest gains of the night.

“I broke one tackle and I got tripped up," Anderson said. "The tackle I broke took me a little second to break it, so it kind of slowed me down after I broke it. I tried to pick up speed again and get wide. He had a nice angle on it."

Although Anderson did not make it all of the way to the end zone for a second time, he likely solidified his spot on the roster by catching four passes for 64 yards in the Bears' 18-16 loss to the Browns.

If the second-year receiver isn't rewarded with good news by the Bears in the coming days, it would be arguably one of the more shocking cuts made.

"I don't never lose sleep behind anything or anyone," Anderson said. "I say a prayer. I leave it in the Lord's hands."

Bears head coach Marc Trestman would not commit to Anderson's spot on the 53-man roster, but he was impressed with the young wideout's playmaking ability.

"Everything we saw during practice he has proven he can do under the lights - no doubt about it," Trestman said. "He's right there in the mix. There will be some tough decisions in these 53, but I think regardless of what happens there, he has shown that he can certainly play in this league."