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Bears tight end Robert Tonyan
Bears tight end Robert Tonyan

The Bears offense presented a balanced passing and rushing attack Sunday against the Broncos, which resulted in the unit gaining 471 total yards.

Tight end Robert Tonyan felt the offense showcased the growth and confidence that he believes has been building since arriving as a free agent in the spring. Tonyan believes the keys for the offense moving forward are building on last weekend's successful outing and continuing to play fast.

"We've got a lot of great players," Tonyan said. "We have a very talented roster, especially offensively. Just going out there and playing football. Trying to get that chemistry and all that playing style, all that speed, all those playmaking abilities that just get going and just get momentum moving forward."

While the offensive success against Denver was a much-needed boost, Tonyan also noted, "ultimately you've got to finish out and win the games." To do so, he believes the offense needs to keep "going at the [defense] and keep our foot on the pedal."

Tonyan had two receptions for 18 yards against the Broncos, including quarterback Justin Fields' 16th consecutive completion, which broke a franchise record. The tight end believes Fields' career passing performance – throwing for 335 yards and four touchdowns – was "perfect timing."

"It was a good positive reinforcement for him to know what type of player he is and a confidence booster and momentum to just carry forward in these upcoming games," Tonyan said. "That's who Justin is. He's poised. He's confident. Getting him in a scheme and a game plan to do so like we did last Sunday was good for him, and obviously it showed."

Rookies on the right path

Rookie defensive tackle Zacch Pickens got to the quarterback for the first time in NFL career Sunday, combining with defensive end Dominique Robinson for a sack on Denver's Russell Wilson.

While Pickens and fellow rookie defensive tackle Gervon Dexter Sr. have both been used in reserve roles to start the season, veteran Yannick Ngakoue has noticed the rookie duo's steady growth.

"Great, great students," Ngakoue said of the pair. "Guys that want to learn, guys that want to listen and get better, so it's a pleasure being able to go to work with those guys every day and see them improve each and every day."

Injury Report: With the shortened week, the Bears conducted a walkthrough Tuesday. If the Bears had a full practice, safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) would have not participated for the second straight day.

Offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, who was designated to return from injured reserve Monday, was projected to practice in full.

Roster Move: The Bears added reinforcements to the secondary Tuesday by signing safety Duron Harmon off the Ravens practice squad. An 11-year pro, Harmon has appeared in 161 games with 78 starts.

The veteran spent the first seven years of his NFL career in New England, where he won three Super Bowls with the Patriots. From 2020-2022, Harmon bounced between the Lions, Falcons and Raiders, starting all but one game in that three-season span.

Last season with Las Vegas, he totaled 86 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one touchdown. Harmon has yet to play in a game this season.

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