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Chalk Talk: When was Bears' last trick play?

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 enjoyed seeing the Bears run a trick play Sunday against the Cardinals. I can't recall the last time they called one. Please help me remember.
Stan R.
Zion, Illinois

To my knowledge, Andy Dalton's 34-yard pass to Jakeem Grant Sr. Sunday against the Cardinals was the Bears' first trick play of the 2021 season. I believe their last trick play was in last year's playoff loss to the Saints when David Montgomery took a shotgun snap and handed off to Cordarrelle Patterson, who pitched the ball to Mitchell Trubisky, who threw a deep pass to Javon Wims, who unfortunately dropped a sure touchdown in the end zone. It was such a well-designed play, though, that the Saints copied it a week later and it resulted in a 56-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Tre'Quan Smith in a divisional playoff loss to the Buccaneers. On the play this past Sunday, Montgomery took a shotgun snap, handed off to Grant, who then pitched it to Dalton. With a downfield option covered, Dalton wisely threw back to Grant.

When was the last time before Sunday's loss to the Cardinals that a Bears quarterback had multiple touchdown passes and tackles in a game?
Rich L.
Laguna Hills, California

According to Pro Football Reference, since at least 1987 when the site starting tracking tackles, Andy Dalton on Sunday became the NFL's first quarterback to throw two touchdown passes and record two tackles in a game. The only other quarterback to register multiple tackles and throw a TD pass in a game was the Lions' Shaun Hill, who had three tackles and one TD pass in a 28-20 loss to the Giants Oct. 17, 2010. There have been 19 instances of a quarterback throwing a TD pass and making a tackle in the same game since 1987. Three Bears quarterbacks have done it, with Dalton being joined by Jay Cutler in a 24-20 win over the Lions Dec. 5, 2010 and Jim Miller in a 14-13 victory over the Packers Nov. 7, 1999—in the game that came six days after the legendary Walter Payton passed away.

With the Bears depleted by injuries at wide receiver, do you think that rookie Dazz Newsome will get a chance to play in the next few weeks?
Paul W.
Willow Springs, Illinois

If sixth-round pick Dazz Newsome is promoted from the practice squad to the active roster, it won't necessarily be because of injuries. The two receivers who have been sidelined, Allen Robinson II and Marquise Goodwin, are both outside receivers. Newsome is more of a slot receiver, and the Bears still have plenty of depth inside. Here's what coach Matt Nagy said when asked about Newsome potentially playing because of injuries: "I think when you look at the receiving corps and the needs at that time, what we have, Dazz is a slot guy and when you have 10 (Damiere Byrd), 17 (Jakeem Grant Sr.) and 11 (Darnell Mooney) out there solidifying that slot position, you need a guy who's on the outside, a bigger body like A-Rob, and that kind of goes into the decision making. Dazz will have his moment. He's definitely getting ready."

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