September 17, 2021

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Why didn’t Montgomery get more touches?

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Which player helped himself most?

I thought that Trey Burton would have made a big difference had he been able to play against the Packers. Do you think he’ll be ready to return a week from Sunday versus the Broncos?
Paul K.
Waukegan, Illinois

Coach Matt Nagy was hopeful following Thursday night’s loss to the Packers that tight end Trey Burton will be able to play against the Broncos. Burton was a game-time decision; he worked out before the game before the Bears decided to deactivate him. Here’s what Nagy said about the possibility of Burton playing in Denver: “I hope so, yeah. I don’t want to say yes or no either way, but I do feel like he was really close [Thursday], so we’ll see how the week of practice goes with him and hopefully he can.”

With three running backs active, why did the Bears hand the ball off to receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on a crucial third-and-one play Thursday night?
Ben O.
Itasca, Illinois

Cordarrelle Patterson is listed as a receiver, but he has played running back during his NFL career, most notably last season when he started two games at the position for the Patriots, including one that coincidentally was against the Packers. At 6-2 and 238 pounds, he’s bigger than running backs Mike Davis (5-9, 221), Tarik Cohen (5-6, 191) and David Montgomery (5-10, 222). The issue on the play you’re referring to was not that Patterson was given the ball, but that the interior of the Bears offensive line—it looked to be center James Daniels—allowed Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark to blow up the play in the backfield, resulting in a two-yard loss. Here’s what coach Matt Nagy said about the play: “We could’ve had Walter Payton back there and he wasn’t getting anything. It wouldn’t have mattered. But with that said, that’s part of the beauty of what [Patterson] does. He’s able to do that. Anybody that watches the way he’s run in other scenarios like that, he’s done some damage back there.”

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