Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Did Jay Cutler audible out of a running play before hitting Alshon Jeffery for a 22-yard completion on third-and-one against the Raiders?
It's my understanding that Jay Cutler had the option to call a run or a pass on the third-and-one play you're referring to, which occurred on the Bears' first possession in Friday night's game against the Raiders. Seeing that the defense had a safety in the box, Cutler called a pass and hit Alshon Jeffery on a quick slant. Jeffery made an excellent move on the infield dirt in Oakland, spinning away from a defender and picking up 22 yards. I personally feel that giving Cutler the ability to change plays at the line based on the defense and put the offense in the best position to succeed should really help the Bears move the ball and score points this season.
I was surprised that the Bears cut Devin Aromashodu on Sunday. I liked how he performed during his first stint with the team and thought he could contribute. What happened?
There were a few reasons Devin Aromashodu was unable to earn a roster spot. First off, he didn't sign with the Bears until June and therefore was well behind the rest of the receivers in terms of learning the offense. Secondly, the Bears are simply a lot better at the position than they were during his first stint with the team. It's difficult to climb a depth chart that features Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett. Plus Aromashodu isn't as adept at playing special teams as reserve receivers Eric Weems and Joe Anderson, and that's a necessity for non-starters.
How many rookies do you think will start on opening day for the Bears?
Morton Grove, Illinois
Things could change, but at this point I think three rookies will start for the Bears when they open the regular season against the Bengals Sept. 8 at Soldier Field: Right guard Kyle Long, right tackle Jordan Mills and middle linebacker Jon Bostic. All three have performed well during training camp and the preseason while working as starters. They've all demonstrated playmaking ability and don't appear to be overwhelmed by their assignments or the competition they're facing at the next level.