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Chalk Talk: Who is fastest Bears player?

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

Who is the fastest player on the Bears roster?
Edward P.

There's usually a playful debate among players about who's the fastest individual on a team, but that's not the case with the Bears. When speedy receiver Darnell Mooney was asked that question recently, he responded immediately: Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in the long jump, but he also has experience as a sprinter. In high school, he was part of a state championship 4 X 100-meter relay team. Goodwin ran a blazing 4.27 in the 40 at the Combine in 2013, which is tied for the fifth-fastest time in the history of the Combine.

With Bears linebacker Robert Quinn's sister, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, winning an Olympic gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles Sunday night, take a look at other current and former members of the organization who have ties to or competed in the Olympic Games.

How are the Bears splitting reps at quarterback in training camp? I'm sure they want to get Andy Dalton ready for the season but also are trying to develop Justin Fields.
Scott L.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Bears coach Matt Nagy recently said that while it may appear that Andy Dalton and Justin Fields are splitting reps equally, "Andy's getting slightly a few more. It's not equivalent. There might be some periods where you see [Dalton] got four and [Fields] got four, but all of a sudden [Dalton] got five and [Fields] got four. They add up, so that's how that goes."

Who's playing safety behind Eddie Jackson?
Jarel H.
Florence, South Carolina

The Bears' most experienced backup safeties are Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson, both of whom were part of the team's 2016 draft class and are entering their sixth NFL seasons. Both have proven in past seasons that they're more than capable of stepping in on defense and making impact plays. Last season Bush generated his first career interception in a win over the Giants, while Houston-Carson preserved back-to-back victories with late impact plays, breaking up a Tom Brady fourth-down pass against the Buccaneers and intercepting a Teddy Bridgewater throw versus the Panthers. To this point, Bush has produced what I consider the best defensive play so far in training camp. He made a great break on the ball and intercepted a pass intended for tight end Cole Kmet. Veteran safeties Jordan Lucas and Marqui Christian are also competing for playing time in training camp and no doubt will also get opportunities to impress in preseason games. The depth at safety is important given that Eddie Jackson remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and fellow starter Tashaun Gipson Sr. tweaked his groin while warming up Monday.

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