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Will Howard see any preseason action?

Posted Aug 10, 2017

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether running back Jordan Howard will play in the preseason, how defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris has fared in the preseason and how Mike Glennon performed the past two preseasons with the Buccaneers.



Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

I know some teams don’t play their star running backs much if at all in the preseason. Do you know whether Jordan Howard will see any action? I’d hate to see him get hurt.

Danny G.
Midlothian, Illinois

I’m sure Jordan Howard won’t get too many preseason reps, but the plan is definitely to play him to help him get ready for the regular season. Here’s what coach John Fox had to say about playing Howard in the preseason: “You’ve got to remember he hasn’t done this since January, so we wouldn’t just throw him out there Sept. 10 for the first time. It won’t be a lot, but just to get his timing down and get a feel for the game. It happens a lot faster in game mode than it does in practice mode and most players need some of that before they get to the regular season.”

I have been really intrigued by Roy Robertson-Harris since last year. I thought he had great upside as an outside linebacker, but the Bears decided to move him to defensive end and he bulked up for the position change. How has he looked thus far in camp?

Errol S.

I’ve noticed that Roy Robertson-Harris has made some flash plays in training camp. One that stands out occurred recently when he penetrated into the backfield and blew up a handoff, resulting in a fumble. I think moving him from outside linebacker to defensive end was an excellent decision. Robertson-Harris played end at UTEP, where he appeared in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons, registering 138 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss and 10.5 sacks. At 6-7 and 294 pounds, he certainly has ideal size to play there. I know that the Bears have been impressed with him in training camp and are eager to see how he performs in preseason games.

I know that Mike Glennon barely played the past two seasons with the Buccaneers. But how did he fare in the preseason?

Don H.
Chicago

Last summer in preseason action Mike Glennon completed 21 of 45 passes for 215 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a 59.0 passer rating for the Buccaneers. In 2015, he connected on 37 of 66 passes for 432 yards with two TDs, two interceptions and a 73.5 rating. On Glennon’s very first NFL play—in Tampa Bay’s 2013 preseason opener against the Ravens—he stepped up in the pocket and completed a 61-yard pass to tight end Tom Crabtree.

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