Delayed takeoff: Roquan Smith working to expand impact against Seahawks

Chicago Tribune
Delayed takeoff: Roquan Smith working to expand impact against Seahawks
Delayed takeoff: Roquan Smith working to expand impact against Seahawks

Roquan Smith sprung up from the Lambeau Field turf Sunday, his enthusiasm and adrenaline overflowing. He pumped his fist twice, skipped for a few yards and then gave Leonard Floyd a jumping headbutt. The linebacker's first play in a Bears uniform was a sack of Packers quarterback DeShone Kizer. A first impression that measured up to his first-round draft pedigree. What a footnote to a career the Bears believe will rocket upward from there. But by the end of their collapse in a 24-23 loss, an uncomfortable mix of truths and questions replaced the buzz of Smith's thrilling debut moment. This immediate force spent the first 24 plays on the sideline. Why did it take so long for him to play? Smith

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