NFL Europe Week 1 Review

The Bears are in the middle of the off-season, but there are potential players of the future fighting to gain experience across the pond. Take a look at how the team's allocations fared in first week of action.

Berlin 33, Amsterdam 29
Quarterback B.J. Symons helped the Thunder to a win over the Admirals. In sharing time with starter Lang Campbell, Symons threw two touchdown passes on 6 of 13 passing for 88 yards.

CB Abraham Elimimian started at cornerback for the Admirals. He finished with three tackles, a tipped pass and a special teams stop.

LB Jeremy Cain saw reserve duty and chipped in with one tackle and a special teams stop.

WR Craig Bragg started for Amsterdam and only his catch of the game, he hauled in a 56-yard catch that setup a score.

Cologne 14, Hamburg 10
In a losing effort, the Bears had two players start for the Sea Devils. Willie Amos got the nod at left cornerback and had one tackle and special teams stop. Justin Smith started at weak side linebacker and had two tackles.

LB Josh Dean saw reserve action in the victory for the Centurions.

Rhein 10, Frankfurt 6
Qasim Mitchell started at left guard for the Galaxy. Despite dropping a 10-6 decision, Frankfurt rushed for 135 yards on 32 carries. Mitchell was also part of an offensive line that didn't allow a sack.

On the other side of the field, Stephen Larsen started at weak side linebacker for the Fire and finished the game with one tackle.

Week 2 will see the Fire travel to Berlin, Frankfurt will host Hamburg, while the Admirals are at Cologne.

Note
Of the 12 players the Bears allocated to NFL Europe in 2005, only Kurt Kittner spent time on the 53-man roster. However, the team has had success with grooming young prospects in the past. WR Marcus Robinson gained experience with the Fire before setting a franchise record for receiving yards in a single season.

Only time will tell whether or not there are any future Bears currently in Europe. Visit BearReport.com for weekly updates on the league.


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