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Langford continues strong preseason


Bears rookie running back Jeremy Langford continued his impressive preseason, rushing for 55 yards on nine carries in Thursday night's 24-0 win over the Cleveland Browns.

"I've been pleased with the young guy," said coach John Fox. "I think it's been well-documented that we like him. We did draft him. I think he's had a good camp and he had another good performance tonight."

The fourth-round draft pick from Michigan State led the Bears in rushing in the preseason with 153 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries with a long run of 46 yards.

"I feel like I got a lot better from the first day of training camp to the last preseason game," Langford said. "I'm a lot more comfortable. Coming in as a rookie, your first training camp to your last preseason game, being on special teams and playing running back, I'm a lot more confident about our offense."

Ka'Deem Carey led the Bears in rushing Thursday night with 68 yards on 12 carries. Veteran Jacquizz Rodgers added 10 yards on five attempts.

"I think Ka'Deem Carey ran it hard and Quizz ran it hard," Fox said. "It's never a fun moment making decisions on what 53 to keep. I think [Langford, Carey and Rodgers] ran the ball effectively tonight and have throughout camp."

Another TD: Undrafted rookie receiver Ify Umodu produced an impact play for the second straight game. Five days after blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown against the Bengals, the Bowie State product caught an 11-yard TD pass from David Fales.

"Really it was just outside coverage and I knew I had to try to get outside of [safety Landon Feichter]," Umodu said, "so I had to make a quick inside move, work back out, and the ball came my way and I was able to make the play."

Umodu is well aware that final cuts are looming Saturday.

"I'm just trying to do whatever I can to show them that I could be what they need me to be at any moment," Umodu said. "So if they need me to be on special teams I can be on special teams. If they need to be on offense I can be on offense. I really believe I can do it all."

Another audition: The only Bears player listed as a starter on the depth chart who appeared in Thursday night's game was right tackle Jordan Mills.

"I think it was important to get looks at everybody," Fox said. "When you have to cut from 75 to 53 players, it's never easy. Just from a numbers standpoint, I think it was important that everyone got looks. It was no different with Mills."

Familiar face: Recently-acquired quarterback Zac Dysert played the final two series for the Bears, completing 1 of 4 passes for nine yards.

Dysert played for Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase the past two seasons with the Broncos.

"I thought he was a sharp, young player," Fox said. "He didn't get a lot of playtime in Denver when I was there. But he is a guy that we think has a command of the offense. He knows a little bit. Adam Gase is pretty familiar with him as well. We got him in there a little bit and we'll have to evaluate that by Saturday."

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