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Sto­ry­line of the week

No starters, no prob­lem? Coach Matt Nagy re­ceived crit­i­cism for his de­ci­sion to sit most of his starters for their sec­ond-to-last pre­sea­son game, a 27-20 win against the Chiefs. He cited strong weeks of prac­tice, and he’s con­fi­dent that QB Mitchell Tru­bisky and com­pany will be ready to go for Week 1 against the Pack­ers. The Bears are a young team with plenty of new pieces com­ing to­gether on of­fense, but they ap­par­ently have made enough progress for the first-year head coach to take a bold stand and shut down his starters un­til the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Rookie watch

RB Ryan Nall is the un­drafted free agent with the best chance to make the 53-man ros­ter. Chicago kept four run­ning backs last sea­son, and Nall has been the team’s most pro­duc­tive rusher this pre­sea­son, av­er­ag­ing more than 5 yards per carry. He’s also carv­ing out a role on spe­cial teams, which might be the big­gest fac­tor for him to be able to stick around this sea­son.

Lorin Cox, Bears Wire

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