I don’t like the thought of Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery or speedy Kevin White matched up against our cornerbacks, Nolan Carroll or rookie Jalen Mills, who will probably start in place of injured veteran Leodis McKelvin. Jeffery had four catches 105 yards against the Texans.
Although the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is mediocre, he has a Pro Bowl arm and can make any throw that is needed. Cutler will fold if the Birds can get to him with some pass rush pressure, but if they don’t, Chicago has some talented wide receivers to attack our cornerbacks.
Carroll didn’t have a good game against the Browns. He was beaten twice for big plays because he didn’t do a good job of playing the ball in the air. On the first big pass play, he fell down even though he was in perfect position, as Terrelle Pryor, a converted quarterback, caught the football. On the second play, Carroll ran past the receiver as the under thrown ball hung in the air and was eventually caught. He can’t do that this week against Jeffery or White.
Mills is a rookie,who the Birds grabbed in the seventh round and he just played his first game in the NFL. Jeffery and White both have a size advantage on the Birds cornerbacks. Jeffery is listed at 6’3″ and he weighs 218 pounds. White is about the same size, standing 6’3″ and weighting 216 pounds. Carroll is 6’1″ and 205 pounds, while Mills is shorter at 6 foot even and he weighs 196 pounds.
I’m sure the Bears are going to challenge both of these guys early and often. All they would have to do is throw the ball up when the wide outs and the cornerbacks are in one-on-one situations. If the pass rush doesn’t get to Cutler, we could be in trouble. Fletcher Cox and crew have got to fund Cutler into the ground.