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Santonio Holmes impresses in Bears’ exhibition finale

Santonio Holmes, Justin Gilbert AP

In the span of a little less than 10 minutes in Thursday night’s exhibition at Cleveland, new Bears wide receiver Santonio Holmes made a pair of plays that suggest he’s got some good football left to play.

First, the 30-year-old Holmes turned a short reception into a 32-yard touchdown when Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert took a bad angle. Then, minutes later, Holmes broke a 30-yard punt return, running through two tackle attempts, keeping his balance and finding plenty of open space toward the Browns’ sideline. The return set up a Chicago field goal.

Off the field, Holmes did something notable, too. According to Bears sideline reporter Lou Canellis, Holmes gave the ball from his first Bears TD to rookie quarterback David Fales, who threw the pass. It was Fales’ first scoring throw as a pro, and Holmes wanted him to have the ball as a keepsake, Canellis said on the Bears’ telecast of the game.

In all, it was a good stretch for Holmes, who’s trying to find a role with the Bears after being released by the Jets earlier in the offseason.

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45 Responses to “Santonio Holmes impresses in Bears’ exhibition finale”
  1. raji1824 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:17 PM

    Yea he is a good pre season guy

  2. larryboodry says: Aug 28, 2014 9:19 PM

    He’s looking good so far.

  3. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 28, 2014 9:22 PM

    Look he made a catch. Big deal. We all know who Holmes is. We do….

  4. bert1913 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:24 PM

    big big differance between the browns and seahawks defence

  5. rl79111 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:25 PM

    Lion’s fans know the Bears are better….It’s a proven fact.

    Lion’s fans are shaking in fear….

  6. everydayimrusselin says: Aug 28, 2014 9:31 PM

    Santonio aint done yet!

  7. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Aug 28, 2014 9:33 PM

    Bear > Lions

  8. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:36 PM

    The Lions suck so bad, even Barry Sanders won’t acknowledge that terrible team.

    Lions Blow!!

  9. rajbais says: Aug 28, 2014 9:39 PM

    Maybe he can be a PR/KR like how he once was to give the Bears Special Teams value.

  10. cleariptv says: Aug 28, 2014 9:44 PM

    Torching Cleveland’s rookies…back on top

  11. ohiobears says: Aug 28, 2014 9:48 PM

    Adding to an ready dominant we corp. ready to get this season underway!!

  12. donnymacjack says: Aug 28, 2014 9:48 PM

    Classy move with the rookie QB.

  13. nesby2 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:52 PM

    Bears are going to be scary if that defense can spit in ppl’s eye to stop them every now & then.. Holmes is healthy & in the slot will be a killer for this team!

  14. The Colts tanked the 2011 season, but Andrew Luck is a bust, and Jim Irsay is a druggie. The entire Colts organization and their fans should be ashamed. says: Aug 28, 2014 9:55 PM

    God, the Browns suck.

  15. doe22us says: Aug 28, 2014 10:10 PM

    I guess Shake and Wake or bake has something to prove.

  16. nrns77 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:11 PM

    Good to know he can light it up against the Browns JV squad. LOL!!!!

  17. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 28, 2014 10:19 PM

    But can he play defense because on that side of the ball the Bears stink.

  18. nehxas says: Aug 28, 2014 10:19 PM

    Lmao one nice play on offense against a rookie in the final preseason game and now Santonio Holmes might not be done after all.

  19. ariani1985 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:28 PM

    Holmes must be salivating over the horrible green bay defense! A high school team could score 18 a game on those pathetic losers!

  20. txbearmeat says: Aug 28, 2014 10:31 PM

    meh. wake me up when he does well against a non AAA level football team.

  21. packmanfan says: Aug 28, 2014 10:37 PM

    See? They can do it without Jay Cutler.
    Oh wait. They played the Cleveland Clowns.
    Never mind.

  22. packmanfan says: Aug 28, 2014 10:39 PM

    Prediction of both Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears 2014 football season games.
    Packers: 2-0
    Bears: 0-2

  23. bassplucker says: Aug 28, 2014 10:45 PM

    Holmes looked good but the rest of the team didn’t look good against a bad team. That Division 2 Bears D is gonna cost then a lot of games thus year. But when you hire a career loser as your DC you get what you get.

  24. jaycutlersbarber says: Aug 28, 2014 11:22 PM

    He looked downright decent! Against the Browns starters too, if I’m not mistaken! I’m cautiously optimistic about what he can add to this offense! Bear Down!

  25. dtr3e says: Aug 28, 2014 11:51 PM

    Jets should have re-signed him, and cut Stephen Hill

  26. lovetron says: Aug 29, 2014 12:24 AM

    Love the last part. Classy move. Not the biggest SH fan, but props where props are due.

  27. csbanter says: Aug 29, 2014 1:44 AM

    The Bears are loaded on offense if only the D gets in order.

  28. chicagosports2014 says: Aug 29, 2014 2:39 AM

    We got the steal of the draft.”

  29. coonsqualler says: Aug 29, 2014 5:33 AM

    Nice. When he gets cut, my Brownies can use him.

  30. viachicago22 says: Aug 29, 2014 5:50 AM

    I can’t believe there’s no mention that he also cured ALS, Ebola and brokered an Israeli-Palestine peace accord. Good night? I’ll say!

  31. punkyqb says: Aug 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    DAA Bears

  32. jetsfaninindy says: Aug 29, 2014 6:36 AM

    Good luck Santonio. It’s never too late to grow up.

  33. iowahbr says: Aug 29, 2014 7:04 AM

    The shame from last night is that the Bears did not start anyone from the ticket sales department. These folks need a chance as well to show their skills.

  34. Bearfan54 says: Aug 29, 2014 7:08 AM

    At least he’s trying. Maybe he realizes this is his last chance.

  35. Indybear says: Aug 29, 2014 7:14 AM

    Rolling out of the called slant pass for a TD was pretty sweet, but giving the ball to the young rookie QB (who is pretty talented) was pure class. Nice job Santonio. Hope you make the team.

  36. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 29, 2014 7:58 AM

    Looks like a good #3 for the Bears

  37. drinkdabeers says: Aug 29, 2014 9:03 AM

    Glad to hear it. If he can keep his mind focused on football, he’ll be a great addition to an already strong WR core. I hope you continue to impress, Santonio.

  38. bassplucker says: Aug 29, 2014 9:22 AM

    Fales looked good in the 1st half, not so great in the 2nd. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and throws a nice, accurate ball but if he gets flushed out of the pocket it’s over. He’s small and can’t run at all.

  39. erock27 says: Aug 29, 2014 9:22 AM

    Jay cutler is in position for a huge year. Lets see if he gets it done

  40. larryboodry says: Aug 29, 2014 9:38 AM

    Is it regular season yet?

  41. howiehandles says: Aug 29, 2014 9:51 AM

    Not a bad option for a 3rd receiver. Hopefully he appreciates his last chance, or one of them. He always seemed like a bigger pain in the arse than he was worth.

  42. voiceofrealism says: Aug 29, 2014 9:57 AM

    He kept running when a DB took a bad angle?
    He broke a tackle on a punt return?

    How unimpressive.

    Why do they have a 30 year old receiver fielding punts?

  43. jobotjones says: Aug 29, 2014 10:19 AM

    Torching Cleveland’s rookies…back on top!

  44. howiehandles says: Aug 29, 2014 11:07 AM

    So glad the preseason is over. Some folks don’t seem to realize these games mean squat, unless you’re trying to make the team.

  45. rl7911 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:17 AM

    Between Marshall and Holmes, the Bears have two players that are one domestic violence incident away from being banned. Stay classy Chicago.

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