The fourth game of the pre-season is nothing more than a glorified practice. Most of the Bears and Browns regulars didn't even see the field on Thursday evening. This is a game for those on the bubble to show they belong on the final 53 man roster which will be announced on Saturday afternoon.
There were a few Bears that played well on Thursday evening. Caleb Hanie started the game and was 7 of 10 for 83 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was an absolute perfect throw in between two Browns defensive backs to Johnny Knox. Hanie seemed to solidify his spot as Jay Cutler's backup.
The defensive line continued to show just how deep it is. None of the regulars saw action, but whoever the Bears put out there pressured the quarterback and also slowed down any type of running game. Mario Addison and Nick Reed were two of the Bears reserves who made several great plays on defense. I'm sure teams from throughout the league will check the waiver wire on Saturday to see who the Bears cut from the defensive line and there is a good chance they might land on another team.
Chester Taylor started the game at running back and continued to struggle this time against the Browns reserves. Taylor, who it was reported this week had been released but in fact hadn't been, still looks like he won't be in the Bears plans. Khalil Bell has outplayed him in each preseason game and on Thursday Robert Hughes had a huge game for the Bears which included a pair of touchdowns.
The best part of this game is that the preseason is now over and things start for real next week. The Bears finished the preseason with a 2-2 record, but more importantly avoided any major injuries. Now it's time to get ready to face the Falcons on the 11th.