The result of any preseason game means pretty much nothing, and that's especially the case when you're talking the fourth preseason game. And that's especially the case when you're talking about the 2014 Chicago Bears' fourth preseason game.
Due to not wanting to risk key players getting injured and wanting to get better looks at players on the roster bubble, the Bears sat a whopping 40 players on Friday night in a 33-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns (the Browns sat just six players):
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One name not on that list is Santonio Holmes, as the Bears wanted to get a look at the veteran wide receiver for a second game after signing him recently.
It's been in question if the 30-year-old Holmes still has the explosiveness and playmaking ability that made him a great weapon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets over the years (and he of course even won a Super Bowl MVP with the Steelers). And if Friday night is any indication, Holmes still has those qualities.
In the second quarter, rookie Bears quarterback David Fales hit Holmes for a completion under 10 yards away on 3rd-and-14, but Holmes made a great move to elude Browns defenders, and took the ball to the house for a 32-yard touchdown:
And with the Bears' kick and punt return jobs up for grabs after no one stood out in the roles over the first preseason games, the team wanted to get a look at Holmes as a punt returner. Holmes only got one chance to return a punt, but made the most of it with a very impressive 30-yard return:
Even if Holmes is not named the Bears' starting punt returner, it's still nice to know that he looks very capable in the role and brings more abilities to the roster than just being a receiver.
Holmes came into the game on the roster bubble, but you'd have to think he's a near lock now to make the team, and could provide yet another big playmaker in a Bears offense that was already loaded with them.
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