Tight end Martellus Bennett remained on suspension as the Bears opened their preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday night in Soldier Field. In his absence, backups Dante Rosario and Zach Miller in particular made early impressions.
Rosario caught two passes for 28 yards in the first quarter, while Miller completed a Bears scoring drive with a 10-yard catch in traffic from Jay Cutler. Matthew Mulligan, primarily a blocking tight end, also worked in on a number of snaps in the first quarter.
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Miller, a five-year veteran who sat out all of last year after being waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars, caught six passes for 68 yards in the first half. More important, he added a 12-yard scoring pass from Jordan Palmer to the one from Cutler and vaulted himself up the depth chart with the opportunities.
The Bears also went without offensive linemen Eben Britton, Kyle Long and Jordan Mills, defensive end Jared Allen, and defensive backs Chris Conte, Isaiah Frey, Tim Jennings and Craig Steltz.
Michael Ola started at right tackle in place of Mills, who was held out of some practice work this week with soreness in his surgically repaired foot. Brian de la Puente started for Long at right guard but went down with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.