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Three key takeaways from Bears’ third preseason game against Colts

Two players who needed a boost came through with big games, and one who’d been rolling hit a skid.

Nick Kwiatkoski picked up a sack in the first quarter,
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INDIANAPOLIS — Three key takeaways from the Bears’ third preseason game:

Nall’s campaign. Seventh-round pick Kerrith Whyte appeared to have the edge for the Bears’ final spot at running back, but Ryan Nall answered with a 69-yard run in the second quarter that eventually led to a field goal. Nall spent last season on the practice squad, but that kind of playmaking ability is why he has a shot to crack the roster.

Kwiatkoski turns up. The Bears are counting on fourth-year linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to give them some much-needed depth behind Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith, and he played his best game of the preseason Saturday. His highlight was dropping Colts quarterback Chad Kelly for a 10-yard sack in the first quarter.

Daniel sputters. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel was solid in the first two preseason games, but completed just 3 of 9 passes for 21 yards against the Colts. In Daniel’s defense, he took the field with a lineup comprised entirely of backups.