CANTON, Ohio – The Bears' young pass rushers delivered an impressive group effort in Thursday night's 17-16 preseason-opening loss to the Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game.
Nine different defenders combined to record eight sacks, with Kylie Fitts, Bilal Nichols, Isaiah Irving, Nick Williams, Jonathan Bullard, Elijah Norris and Roy Robertson-Harris all recording one sack, and Cavon Walker and Abdullah Anderson splitting one.
"Once someone gets a sack, then it starts creating energy and we're all trying to get that sack, especially in the first game," said Fitts, a rookie outside linebacker who was selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the draft out of Utah. "But it's nice. It's nice when [nine] guys can get sacks."
Irving would have had two sacks, but he jumped offside on one, nullifying the play.
"My mentality coming out today was to show the world what I can do, and that's what I did," Irving said. "It's a first game. It's not my ceiling, so I'm obviously trying to grow and get better."
Stepping up: Rookie Javon Wims, a seventh-round draft pick from Georgia, caught seven passes for 89 yards, all in the second half.
"It felt good to come out here and get my feet wet," Wims said. "This is a blessing to come out here and be able to play. This was a good step forward, but I'm going to get back with my coaches and my teammates, get in the lab and sharpen up on some things so I can have an even better performance my next game."
Big play: Receiver Tanner Gentry caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Bray, drawing the Bears to within 17-16 with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter. Bray threw an incomplete pass on the subsequent two-point conversion attempt.
"I just like to make plays," Gentry said. "I was trying to make a play to help the team win. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. We needed a score there, whether that be me or somebody else. It was just nice to be able to make a play four our team and give us a chance to be in the game at the end."
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