In this gameday edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at what safety Chris Conte has to say to his critics, a couple different previews of Thursday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and what the return of Martellus Bennett to the field will mean to the team moving forward.
-We start out with Chris Conte, who hasn’t played in a game for the Bears since he was burned by Randall Cobb for the division-winning touchdown in the Bears’ December 2013 loss to the Green Bay Packers. In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Conte conceded that he needed to be more consistent, but he also said that he was ready to move on from the mistakes he made last season. [CBS Chicago]
-The Bears’ back-up quarterback job is still undecided, but in the eyes of John Mullin, the competition could reach a tipping point in Thursday night’s game. [CSN Chicago]
-Peter Branic, a 16-year old from Des Plaines, will carry the Bear Down flag onto the field at Soldier Field before Thursday night’s game. [Daily Herald]
-The Bears have been dealing with a lot of injuries as of late, but getting back Bennett and Conte is going to be a big step in the right direction for the team. [ESPN Chicago]
-NFL officials have made it a point early in the preseason to call more penalties for illegal contact between cornerbacks and receivers, and the Bears’ secondary is interested in whether or not that pattern will continue. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Michael Ola wasn’t in the Bears’ plans before training camp, but with Jordan Mills still sidelined with a foot injury, the former Miami Dolphin is looking to make an impact for his new team. [Chicago Tribune]
-Finally, if you’re looking for a deeper look at the Bears’ 34-28 over the Philadelphia Eagles last week, the PFF team has some great information for you. [Pro Football Focus]