Chicago Bears defensive end Nick Reed, whose efforts to make the regular-season roster were highlighted by Bear Report this past Tuesday, had a respectable game against the Brown, notching four tackles, the second-most on the team, to go along with a sack, a quarterback hurry and two deflected passes. He also came up big on a fourth-down, goal-line situation, stuffing the runner behind the line of scrimmage.
After the game, Reed seemed noticeably relieved.
"I gave it all that I had," Reed said. "I realized the importance of getting good production tonight and I think that I was able to achieve that. Hopefully there will be a spot with the Bears where the coaches feel they can use me."
With a heat index hovering around 104 on the field, Reed was asked if the ambient temperature affected his play.
"When you are in a situation like this, how hot it is out there is the last thing on your mind. Trust me on that," he said, laughing. "I tried to take in a lot of fluids and hope for the best."
Corey Wootton's knee injury is still lingering and the team just released Vernon Gholston, meaning the fourth defensive end spot is till up for grabs. Reed's performance tonight surely brought him one step closer to claiming a position on the team.
"I think I was able to prove my value," Reed said. "I had some good hard hits and some heads-up play. It would be great to remain here. I'll just hope for the best and see where things go from here."
He said he doesn't get caught up in the stress of the situation and will take it easy until final cuts are made Saturday evening.
"A lot of people like to get hung up on counting guys and spots and stuff. It's a waste of time to be honest. I never did it," said Reed. "The hay is in the barn for me. I'll just relax. There's no more work that I can do."
Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.