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Bagent eager to bounce back versus Panthers

Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent
Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent

Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent has another chance to compete in primetime Thursday against the Panthers as he makes his fourth consecutive start.

With a quick turnaround for Thursday Night Football, Bagent is ready to shake off last week's loss in New Orleans.

"I think that any time that a game doesn't turn out how you want it to, I'm almost just more eager to get back out there and kind of flip the script on that," Bagent said. "So definitely thankful for every opportunity I get."

The main thing Bagent is aiming to improve on from last week is to "not turn the ball over." While the rookie expressed his disappointment in the turnovers, he also acknowledged the heightened level of defensive talent he's facing in the NFL.

"We're playing against high-caliber NFL talent and players every week at every position," Bagent said. "So if you're behind on a throw, while it could easily be an incompletion, these players have the talent in order to make that a turnover. So being on time, being on target, being locked in and being able to finish games all the way through."

After taking some time to reflect on the game and review the tape, Bagent saw an offense that made strides throughout the majority of the game.

In the first half, Bagent threw for 148 yards and completed 10 of his 13 pass attempts, including two touchdown throws to tight end Cole Kmet. The rookie finished with 220 yards with 18 of 30 completions.

"When you throw three picks, you're leaving the field pretty disgusted with yourself," Bagent said. "But then you look at the film and you realize, 'man, for 45 minutes, 48 minutes, I was playing pretty good.' We were operating pretty well. Just clean up those last 12-and-a-half minutes and I think there's a different outcome to the game and I probably feel a little bit different leaving the stadium that day."

One of the positives Bagent took away from the offense's performance in New Orleans was the unit's ability to handle an extremely loud and hostile environment inside the Caesars Superdome, noting that the group "did a great job of just managing the game."

Bagent also highlighted his ability to make plays on the run, as he rushed for a career-high 70 yards on eight carries.

Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy praised Bagent's ability to get involved in the rushing attack against the Saints. Getsy told reporters on Tuesday that based on how opponents have had success against the Saints' talented defense, "we knew [Bagent] using his legs was going to have to be a part of that equation."

"He did a great job finding those escapes and getting the most out of them too," Getsy said. "Not just getting the minimum. He was doing a really nice job of extending those things and playing on the move and we were able to get him out of the pocket a little bit, on top of himself getting out of the pocket, and I thought he handled himself really well in those moments."

Incorporating the learning moments from last weekend into his preparation for Carolina, Bagent is "feeling confident going into this game."

As he gears up for another start, Bagent reflected on the process of making and correcting mistakes as a young player in the NFL.

"I feel like this opportunity has given me the chance to grow at an extremely rapid pace," Bagent said. "I've been super grateful for that. And I think me and some of the coaches that I've been with have noticed little things that I'm able to adjust to, that I maybe wouldn't have been four or five weeks ago."

The Bears were back on the practice fields at Halas Hall to continue their preparation for Thursday night's matchup with the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.