Bears-Chargers 2nd quarter review

The second quarter had much fewer fireworks than the first, with both teams moving to their backup offenses. The only Bears points of the quarter came on a pair of Robbie Gould field goals. The Chargers got a late touchdown on a run by Fozzy Whittaker.

Here are some observations from the second quarter of Bears vs. Chargers: 

• Nate Collins picked up where he left off in last week’s game against Carolina, and all of camp, but sacking Philip Rivers. Collins pushed Nick Hardwick back, and Rivers stepped up right into the sack.

• While the Chargers’ first-team offense didn’t get any points, Rivers did have some success finding players in the flat for a few solid gains.

• The second-team offense kept Kyle Long and Jordan Mills on the right side of the line, with J’Marcus Webb and James Brown on the left. The right-side rookies played the whole first half.

• Curiously, Taylor Boggs, who has not appeared in a regular-season game, was the second-team center. He has quietly had a nice camp, and got the nod over veterans Matt Slauson, Edwin Williams and Eben Britton, all of whom have taken reps at center in camp.

• Long has looked very impressive in his second NFL game, mainly showing off his strength on blocks and athleticism when pulling.

• The second group of wide receivers included Eric Weems, Joe Anderson and Terrence Toliver, then Devin Aromashodu and Marquess Wilson on the outside with Weems in the slot.

• Weems got the only catch of the second-team wideouts, finding a soft spot in the Chargers zone for a grab.

• Fringe roster players Marquess Wilson, Brandon Hardin, Tom Zbikowski and Cornelious Washington joined the second unit on kickoff coverage.

• Hardin still has work to do to pass Anthony Walters, who lined up as the second-team safety next to Craig Steltz.

• Aston Whiteside was a beast at times during training camp in pass-rush drills, and he blew up a run play for a tackle in the backfield. Whiteside has versatility to play inside but certainly has work to do to make this squad.

• Whiteside and Kyle Moore were the second-team defensive ends, with Corvey Irvin joining Collins at defensive tackle. Irvin, who had a nice game last week, got a fumble recovery on a botched snap.

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