DENVER – A quick look at how five big names fared for the Bears against the Broncos on Saturday:
QB Mitch Trubisky
The stats: 9-for-14, 90 yards, touchdown pass, interception.
The story: Trubisky played four series, though one started on the Bears’ 5 after cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc’s bad fair catch. Trubisky had good moments, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Trey Burton with outside linebacker Von Miller in his face. But he ended his night with an interception by safety Justin Simmons.
RB Jordan Howard
The stats: nine carries, 32 yards.
The story: Howard played for the first time in the preseason. His longest run was 17 yards. His night ended when Chase Daniel replaced Trubisky at quarterback in the Bears’ fifth possession, although the starting offensive line remained in.
TE Trey Burton
The stats: four catches, 45 yards, touchdown.
The story: Burton is going to be a go-to target for Trubisky as the “U” tight end in coach Matt Nagy’s offense.
WR Allen Robinson
The stats: zero catches, zero targets.
The story: Robinson played for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 1 of last season. He started, but the Bears opted for caution. Robinson was on the field for only two possessions.
LB Nick Kwiatkoski
The stats: zero tackles.
The story: Press-box statisticians didn’t help Kwiatkoski in his competition with rookie Roquan Smith. But he stopped running back Phillip Lindsay for a one-yard gain on a screen pass inside the Bears’ 10. The tackle was negated by a holding penalty. Kwiatkoski also made the first contact on back Royce Freeman that helped nose tackle Eddie Goldman make a tackle for loss.