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Bears players staying positive through slow start

Bears tight end Cole Kmet
Bears tight end Cole Kmet

Veteran tight end Cole Kmet believes that chemistry in the locker room is helping the Bears remain positive despite a disappointing 0-3 start.

"It's not easy, but what other option do you have, right?" Kmet said Thursday at Halas Hall. "I mean, we're all really close in here and we're going to continue to push forward, going to move on with it, and continue working hard during the week and stay positive throughout it."

Kmet and his teammates are viewing Sunday's home game against the Broncos (0-3) as "another opportunity to kind of get back on track." They'll face a Denver defense that allowed 10 touchdowns and 726 total yards last Sunday in a 70-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami. 

"You definitely take some things from the tape that the Dolphins did," Kmet said. "They did a lot of cool stuff in that game and obviously they've got some really good players on offense and a really good play-caller over there."

In preparing for Sunday's game, the Bears have studied the Broncos over the first three weeks of the season, which includes losses to the Raiders and Commanders.

"You look at this recent game and then you look back at the first two games they had," said receiver DJ Moore. "You've got to see where the holes are and attack them. That's what we've been doing all week."

In last Sunday's 41-10 defeat to the Chiefs, the Bears produced just one pass play of more than 15 yards, a 29-yard completion from Justin Fields to Moore.

Luke Getsy estimated Thursday that the offense had a chance to generate several more big plays but failed to do so due to a lack of execution or a lack of detail.

"There [were] probably seven or eight plays that we felt like should have been explosive plays," said the Bears offensive coordinator. "When you're playing a really good team like that, you can't let those opportunities slide by, and we did."

One of the near misses came on a well-thrown pass from Fields down the right sideline to Moore, who failed to secure the ball.

"One was me, that drop," Moore said. "That's an explosive play, so one out of eight. Catching the ball, being on blocks, executing a play at its fullest down the field, in the gaps and stuff like that."

The Bears were back on the practice fields at Halas Hall to continue their preparation for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos.

In meeting with players this week, coach Matt Eberflus has stressed focus and attention to detail. Asked what that means to a receiver, Moore said: "Route depth, knowing the assignment, knowing how to work your route to get somebody else open. I've been honing in on that and really looking forward to seeing what this game plan produces this week."

With Sunday's contest against the Broncos followed by a Thursday tilt in Washington, the Bears will have a chance to right the ship in a key five-day stretch.

"[It's] huge," Kmet said. "These next two games, I look at it as a good opportunity to quickly course-correct, I guess you could say, and you go into that mini-bye week feeling a little bit better about things."

Injury update: For the second straight day Thursday, safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) and Josh Blackwell (hamstring) did not practice. Running back Travis Homer (ankle) was limited and tight end Marcedes Lewis had a veteran's day off.

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