The Bears coaching staff got a firsthand look at the progress their 2014 rookie class has made during Thursday's 20-19 preseason victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It wasn't the night neither the Bears nor Fuller had in mind. The Bears' first-round pick cornerback suffered an ankle injury while he was being blocked on the opening kickoff and didn't return to the game. The injury didn't appear to be too serious as Fuller walked off the field under the power. Following the contest, Fuller revealed that x-rays on his ankle were negative.
"There was definitely concern," Fuller said. "It was good news that the X-rays were negative and we will see how I feel tomorrow. But Injuries are always the worst no matter how big or how small they are."
Veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden replaced Fuller at the nickel in the first quarter.
The Bears second-round defensive tackle didn't show up in the stat sheet in Thursday's victory. He struggled getting much push off the line, and didn't make an impact on the defensive side of the ball. Ferguson knows he has to show more consistency going forward.
"I have a lot to learn still," Ferguson said. "I just have to keep going and prove myself every day."
Sutton, the Bears third-round selection out of Arizona State, recorded three tackles against the Jaguars. Sutton showed tremendous burst when he made an open field tackle on Jaguars running back Storm Johnson in the third quarter. He was also credited with one tackle for a loss and a pass defended. The two-time Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year made tremendous progress from last week's game against the Eagles where he didn't show up on the stat sheet.
Carey had the best night out of any of the members of the 2014 Bears' draft class.
The fourth-round pick had 13 carries for a game-high 36 yards. He also added his first NFL touchdown, lowering his shoulder and trucked his way into the end zone on a goal line carry midway through the fourth quarter.
"It felt like I had dreamed of it, it was definitely special," Carey said of his first touchdown in a Bears uniform. "I'm just really getting comfortable with the play calls and where I'm supposed to be. I made a big improvement this game, but I need a little bit more."
The fourth-round pick out of the University of Minnesota finished second on Chicago with four tackles. Vereen also added a tackle for a loss. For the second consecutive preseason game, Vereen came in with second unit at free safety, alongside Adrian Wilson.
Vereen has been impressive through camp/preseason but will still have to beat out the returning Chris Conte and Danny McCray for a starting job this season.
The former standout quarterback out of San Jose State has had limited first-team snaps in training camp, and that continued on Thursday as Fales was the only quarterback to not see any game action.
However, it's not a surprise that Fales didn't get any playing time against Jacksonville as the team continues to evaluate both Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer for the backup QB job behind Jay Cutler.
It's likely Fales won't see another snap until the final preseason game.
The Bears' sixth-round pick was given the nickname "Mega-punt" during training camp for his booming, 70-yard punts.
O'Donnell showed why he's deserving of a nickname on Thursday night. He had three punts for an average of 48.7 yards with two landing inside the 20-yard line. O'Donnell's most impressive punt came in the second half with a 51-yard boot that had a 5.03 second hang time.
After Thursday's showing, it appears that O'Donnell has a leg-up on his competition Tress Way
Charles Leno Jr.
The former Boise State product — and last of the Bears' 2014 draft selections — held his own and was on the field when the Bears picked up a big chunk of their 79 total rushing yards in tonight's contest.
Other notable rookies
Undrafted free agent running back Senorise Perry notched the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard carry late in the fourth quarter. Perry also caught two passes for 30 yards.
Heisman Trophy finalist and Chicago native Jordan Lynch didn't receive any playing time. Lynch is currently last on the Bears' depth chart at running back.