A long third quarter saw two Bears highlights from rookies: a Jon Bostic hit and a Michael Ford long kickoff return.
On the Chargers’ first series, Bostic made a hit that could be felt in the northwest suburbs, laying out Mike Willie and forcing an incomplete pass.
Based on how the league views the hit and if it’s interpreted that Bostic led with the crown of his helmet, he could receive a FedEx this week, but it was the defensive highlight of the game.
Ford, the backup kickoff returner and third-string back, showed off his patience and second gear by breaking a return 100 yards, all the way to the Chargers five-yard line.
Here are other observations from the third quarter of Bears vs. Chargers:
• Two potentially key injuries occurred when defensive tackle Covrey Irvin (ankle) and quarterback Matt Blanchard (left hand) left the game. Both are receiving X-rays. The Bears are already thin at defensive tackle, and if Blanchard has to miss time, would have to sign another quarterback.
• Following Bostic’s hit, the Bears’ “D” made two more nice plays. Zach Minter and Kyle Moore got great penetration to force a throwaway, and Khaseem Greene helped snuff out a screen play on third down, forcing a punt.
• Undrafted rookie Josh Lenz did himself no favors by badly fumbling on a punt return. In his second return, he protected the ball, but didn’t gain much.
• Bostic, Kyle Long and Jordan Mills all got another series in the third quarter, and could have the most snaps on the team for tonight’s game — which would be good, since they need the most reps.
• Undrafted rookie corner C.J. Wilson showed his physicality with a nice open-field tackle.
• Wide receiver Terrence Toliver made a solid tackle of his own on kickoff coverage.