Corey Wootton’s sack comes at an opportune time
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org October 7, 2012 9:56PM
Defensive end Corey Wootton (98) gets around Jaguars tackle Cameron Bradfield and has Blaine Gabbert in his sights. | Phelan M. Ebenhack~AP
Updated: November 9, 2012 6:14AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Reserve defensive end Corey Wootton saw something he could exploit but didn’t figure it would result in his best performance in a Bears uniform.
Wootton had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Bears’ 41-3 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on Sunday. He came in with 11/2 sacks in the first four games.
“Last week [against the Dallas Cowboys], I didn’t have too good of a game,” Wootton said. “The coaches were on me. I just knew I had to come out and really do something this game, and [have] an impact off the bench.
“I just felt [right tackle Cameron Bradfield was] leaning the couple plays I was in there. I kind of figured it would be on a quicker snap count and tried to get a good get-off on him.”
And Wootton did it at a key time during the Bears’ mediocre first half.
Late in the second quarter with the Jaguars driving, Wootton sacked Blaine Gabbert and forced a fumble, which Julius Peppers recovered. It abruptly ended a long drive for the Jaguars, who were on the Bears’ 21-yard line with the game tied at 3 after the two-minute warning. Wootton also sacked Gabbert for a five-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
“I felt like I was pretty good today, but there are still a lot of things I have to work on,” Wootton said. “I had a few good rushes, but some of them weren’t as good as I liked. . . . It was one of my better games, but there is no way I’m going to be content with this.”
Fun on the ground
For all the big plays quarterback Jay Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall connected on, the Bears’ longest play from scrimmage was Armando Allen’s 46-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Allen had five carries for 59 yards.
Matt Forte, meanwhile, surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, finishing with 107 yards on 22 carries. Michael Bush added 26 yards on four carries against the Jaguars, who entered with the 30th-ranked run defense.
“Armando got a late carry out there and did what he was supposed to do when he gets into the game,” Forte said. “There should be no fall-out from any other backs. They know what to do and go out there and execute it.”
This and that
Wide receiver Earl Bennett (left hand) and offensive lineman Chris Williams (healthy scratch) were among the Bears’ inactive players. Williams sat out for the second game in a row. Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina played for the first time since Week 1.
◆ Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery left with a hand injury, but not before he made a 10-yard touchdown catch amid tight coverage on the first play of the fourth quarter.
◆ Slot receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who played in place of Bennett for the second game in a row, made his first catch of the season, grabbing a seven-yard pass for an important first down on a key third-down play during a third-quarter drive that ended with Robbie Gould’s 31-yard-field goal.