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Bears rookie report: Week One

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By Dan Parr

Six of the nine rookies on the Bears' roster played in Week One, and the lone starter in the group, ORT Gabe Carimi, struggled at times in his debut.

Carimi, the 29th overall pick in the draft, gave up one of the five sacks allowed by the Bears and was pushed into the backfield on a couple other occasions. There was some good mixed in with the bad on a respectable day for a tackle making his first career start.

Undrafted WR Dane Sanzenbacher had a couple of opportunities but didn't make much of an impact. He was tackled for a loss of four yards by WLB Sean Weatherspoon on an end-around in the first quarter and made one catch for six yards.

LB Dom DeCicco and S Winston Venable, both undrafted rookies, made their presence felt on special teams. Venable made a tackle covering a punt, holding Eric Weems to a seven-yard return, and there was a flag for an illegal block on that play, which cost Atlanta 10 yards. DeCicco assisted special-teams ace Corey Graham on a tackle covering the kickoff to open the second half. Falcons TE Michael Palmer drew a holding penalty on that play, and Atlanta's offense was pushed back to its own six-yard line.

Third-round S Chris Conte played on special teams and downed a third-quarter punt but was not credited with any statistics in the press-box sheet. Undrafted rookie TE Kyle Adams had a limited role in the game and didn't record any stats.

Fifth-round pick Nathan Enderle, the third-string quarterback, was inactive. Second-round pick DT Stephen Paea was a healthy scratch as the third-string nose tackle, and backup DE Mario Addison, an undrafted rookie, was also inactive.

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