Bears notes: Double role for Eddie Jackson; Jordan Howard just gets rolling

Eddie Jackson plays on offense and defense, while Jordan Howard bulls his way into the end zone.

Safety Eddie Jackson got in for a play on offense Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in Bears coach Matt Nagy's space age offense.

Jackson didn't get the ball, but when he got it on defense he made the most of it.

Jackson returned a fumble caused by Roquan Smith 65 yards for a Bears touchdown to start the rout in a 41-9 road victory.

"Last week we didn't get any turnovers so that was a big emphasis to come out here and get our goal on turnovers," Jackson said.

Buffalo's Jason Croom flared out into the flat and caught it but Jackson was on him right away. Just as Croom seemed to pull away, Roquan Smith came from the inside and knocked the ball out. Jackson picked it up and went all the way to give the Bears a 14-0 lead.

Jackson said the defense expected the passes near the sideline like Croom caught.

"They do a lot of flat routes with the tight end," Jackson said. "I saw him bobble a little bit. He was trying to fight me standing up and then Roquan came out of the pack and made a great tackle and I was able to get the rip."

Four turnovers caused was more in tune with what the defense has become accustomed to doing.

"We're just trying to change the game," Jackson said. "We want to come in every day and build off every game."

As for playing offense, Jackson wasn't disappointed he failed to get the ball. He went in motion, but the ball went to Tarik Cohen.

The last time he got the ball on offense?

"Senior year, high school," Jackson said. "I'm just happy I get to say I played both sides in the NFL."

Runaway train: Jordan Howard gained just 47 yards rushing on 14 carries, but his 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter established some sense of physical dominance for the Bears offense.

Howard bulled his way to the end zone.

"I looked back and I got to see Jordan run over the safety, poor guy," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "You don’t want Jordan in the open field, especially as a safety. And he’s got a full head of steam. He’s going to make defenders pay for sure."

The Bears had only 64 yards rushing.

Personnel matters: Rookie James Daniels went the whole way at left guard, but Bryan Witzmann and Eric Kush alternated at the right guard spot. Nagy said some of it had to do with Kush coming back for the first time after a neck injury.

Keeping wide receiver Kevin White as a healthy inactive cast further doubt on the former No. 1 draft pick's future in Chicago. Nagy said there was no injury involved or suspension.

"Kevin and and and our our coaching staff, myself, we've had some talks and it was just a direction that we decided to go for this game," Nagy said. "Nothing by any means is permanent. He's going to continue to just keep working hard. Kevin's in a good place and I appreciate him being that way and we're going to just keep plugging away."

Running back Taquan Mizzell was activated from the practice squad and active for the game. He was returning kicks.

"Well, he's able to do some things from the backfield and and from split out wide and so just presented itself with with with him to be able to come up and and that's the route we went so he's done a great job in practice all season long he's very talented and he's a good fit for us. So anytime you can you can have that player like him you want to be able to try to use them."

Injury update: Tight end Dion Sims left the game and has been placed in the NFL concussion protocol. ... Coach Matt Nagy said the knee problem that caused Taylor Gabriel to leave the game was not serious and was "soreness." Gabriel was bothered by a similar injury two weeks ago.


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