Three-and-out: Thoughts after Bears’ loss to Bengals
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Sutton not sittin’
Will Sutton said he never listened to the chatter this offseason that he didn’t fit the Bears’ 3-4 system — that, as a prototypical 4-3 under tackle, he wasn’t big enough to play nose tackle or quick enough to man the end position.
With a standout training camp, Sutton probably would have made the team had circumstances not made that a slam-dunk. Jeremiah Ratliff will miss the first three weeks of the season with a suspension.
Eddie Goldman’s concussion Saturday provided Sutton with another chance to show off. In the second quarter, Sutton stuffed a Jeremy Hill run on Third-and-1. Later in the game, he drew a holding call.
Attention fantasy geeks with a draft Sunday: Martellus Bennett’s statistics only stand to benefit from the team’s spate of wide receiver injuries.
The Bears’ tight end caught all seven of his team-high targets Saturday, totaling 45 yards. Bennett tied for the team lead in catches and targets in Week 2 of the preseason, too. As the only Bears regular receiver to work with Jay Cutler all preseason, he seems primed for a big season.
No one blocked Ify Umodu, and he provided the Bears’ top highlight.
With the Bengals punting midway through the fourth quarter, the rookie receiver came off the right edge, blocked and returned a punt eight yards for a touchdown.
The Northern Arizona alum celebrated by striking a yoga pose in the end zone.
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