The studs and studs from the Bears’ preseason win against the Browns

The Chicago Bears finished the preseason with a 21-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. Chicago finished the preseason undefeated for the first time since 1994, a year in which it also advanced to the postseason.

The Bears starters saw significant action in the first half, which was huge for Chicago’s starting offense. After a rough start, the Bears offense scored three touchdowns — all touchdown passes by quarterback Justin Fields — and we got a glimpse of what this Luke Getsy offense could look like.

Chicago’s starting defense – minus Roquan Smith, Robert Quinn, Jaylon Johnson and Eddie Jackson – had a strong outburst against Cleveland. Although they didn’t bring any sacks, they played clean football and created takeaways.

For one last time this preseason, we take a look at the spikes and mistakes from Chicago’s win over Cleveland.

Stud: QB Justin Fields

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Justin Fields had a near-perfect night in Saturday’s preseason finale, leading the Bears to three scores. Fields completed 14-of-16 passes for 156 yards with three touchdowns for a 146.9 passer rating. Fields shared the ball with multiple receivers, including connecting on touchdowns with tight ends Cole Kmet and Ryan Griffin and wide receiver Dante Pettis.

Stud: WR Dante Pettis

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It seems safe to say that wide receiver Dante Pettis has secured a roster spot after another solid outing against the Browns. Pettis had three catches for 37 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run by Justin Fields in the second quarter. Pettis also continued to return to Chicago, where he showed his ability on offense and on special teams.

Dude: OT Riley Reiff

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Veteran offensive tackle Riley Reiff made his preseason debut against the Browns, lining up at left tackle with the second-team offense. And it wasn’t a pretty start. Rafe not only committed a rare, late Chicago penalty but beaten by the reserves. Reiff is very likely to make the team at this point, but he certainly explains why Larry Borom beat him out at right tackle.

Study: CB Kyler Gordon

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Rookie Kyler Gordon once again lined up at nickel cornerback against the Browns, an indication of where he will start for Chicago this season. After an encouraging debut against the Seahawks, Gordon had another impressive outing in his second live action, where his speed and instincts were on display once again. Gordon totaled 3 tackles and caught a diving pass on third down against David Djokovic — despite an overturned offensive pass interference call.

Stud: TE Cole Kmet

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Cole Kmet continues to look more comfortable in this new offense and certainly looks poised for a breakout year. Kmet had three catches for 36 yards and a 24-yard touchdown reception from Justin Fields. Kmet once again showed his potential as a big weapon in the passing game with some impressive moves.

Father: RB De’Montre Tuggle

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Rookie undrafted running back De’Montre Tuggle had a decent preseason, but made a costly mistake in the final minutes of the game. After the Browns turned the ball over on downs, Tuggle punted the ball to the Chicago 14-yard line leading to a Browns touchdown. Fortunately, it didn’t end up costing the Bears the game thanks to a failed two-point conversion by Cleveland. But it’s not a good look for a player like Tuggle looking to make a positive impression.

Stud: CB Kindle Vildor

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Cornerback Kindle Vildor had a strong outing in Saturday’s finale, where he showed why he’s the likely starter on the outside opposite Jaylon Johnson with rookie Kyler Gordon at receiver. Wildor totaled 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup and was solid in coverage. While Vildor had a rough outing last season with Chicago, this new scheme certainly seems to suit him better.

Study: CB Greg Stroman Jr.

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Veteran cornerback Greg Stroman Jr. made his preseason debut after being sidelined with injuries this summer and showed why he should be in consideration for one of those final roster spots. While Stroman was far from perfect — he gave up a touchdown after a turnover deep in Chicago territory — the positives outweighed any negatives. That included a cut in the second quarter. He also had a pass breakup on fourth-and-6 with three minutes left with the game on the line and nice coverage on a failed two-point conversion attempt by Cleveland.

Dude: WR Chris Finke

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This final preseason game gave the players on the roster a chance to make a positive impression. Unfortunately for wide receiver Chris Finke, he made the mistake that likely spells his end in Chicago. Whether we’re talking about making the 53-man roster or the practice squad, Finke needs to make that deep play, especially when the ball is perfectly positioned to make the play.

Stud: WR Isaiah Coulter

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Isaiah Coulter had another strong preseason outing against the Browns, where he claimed a spot on the roster or practice squad. Coulter led the team with three receptions for 61 yards, and was one of the few backup receivers who played consistently out there. It’s something that should help him stand out from the crowd.

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This story originally appeared on Bears Wire

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