Exhibition finale not totally meaningless

He had a beautifully placed punt that sailed 31 yards and landed on the 7, where it was downed. He later boomed a 45-yarder that was downed on the 6.

But he also hit a line drive in the fourth quarter that was brought back 18 yards.

"God has given me this opportunity and I've tried to make the most of it," Quigley said.

The game meant something to safety Jeremy Jones. If the Bears keep five safeties, which appears possible because of Chris Conte's shoulder injury, Jones might have made himself the favorite to be the fifth with an athletic interception over the back of receiver Jordan Norwood that Smith singled out.

The game meant something to cornerbacks Isaiah Frey, Greg McCoy and veteran Jonathan Wilhite.

McCoy broke on a pass to Josh Gordon and tipped the pass up. After Gordon dropped the ball, McCoy intercepted it and ran it back for a pick-6.

Frey, meanwhile, was beaten by Browns receiver Rod Windsor on a crossing route that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown.

The game meant something to Patrick Trahan. He likely was fighting for the final linebacker spot on the roster, trying to fend off challenges from Jabara Williams and Xavier Adibi. Trahan, whose primary regular-season value would be on special teams, was credited with a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown.

So the desperation on the field provided quite a contrast to the apathy all around it.

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