Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk: Who will be Bears' star of game?

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.

With starters not expected to play much at all in the Hall of Fame Game, which under-the-radar player do you envision being the star of the game for the Bears?

Jonathan G.

Hebron, Illinois

I'll predict that seventh-round pick Javon Wims, a receiver from Georgia, will have a big game against the Ravens Thursday night. The 6-4, 215-pounder possesses excellent size and catch radius and has been steadily improving and making more plays in training camp. With 45 catches for 720 yards and seven touchdowns last season at Georgia, Wims was the leading receiver on a team that reached the national championship game. He should get a lot of opportunities to show what he can do Thursday night, and I'm predicting that he will take advantage of them.

I haven't heard much about nose tackle Eddie Goldman since the Bears started training camp. How has he looked in practice?

Rob N.

Glendale Heights, Illinois

Eddie Goldman has looked strong and powerful in the middle of the defensive line, and as you'd expect, he's flashed more in padded practices where his physicality is more evident. He's very solid at the point of attack and also possesses some pass rush ability, which isn't always the case with run-stuffing nose tackles. The Bears are hoping that Goldman can stay healthy like he did last year because he's an integral member of the defense who would be difficult to replace. Goldman started all 15 games he played in 2017 after being limited to six contests in 2016. Here's what coach Matt Nagy recently said about Goldman following a practice in Bourbonnais: "Eddie's one of those guys where he's not a very vocal guy per se, but he does his speaking with his play on the field. Sometimes those guys can make you feel like you don't see them too much, but they're there. They make plays. And he's a great leader by his actions. We're just really glad where he's at right now with this team."

When was the last time the Bears went undefeated in the preseason?

Peter F.

Gary, Indiana

The last time the Bears swept their preseason opponents was in 1994 when they went 4-0 with wins over the Eagles (12-6), Cardinals (16-0), Chiefs (21-18) and Giants (27-21). The 1994 Bears went on to earn a wildcard berth with a 9-7 record. They upset the NFC Central champion Vikings in the first round of the playoffs in Minnesota before losing to the 49ers in San Francisco in what remains the last playoff game the Bears have played on the road.

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