The first day of the Boise Lions preseason opener on Saturday was a bit different than most.
The players had a chance to play against the team from Chicago.
It was just the two teams, not the entire roster.
The first-team offense was led by senior receiver Devin Taylor, who caught six passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
He caught all three of his passes on first down and a third-and-goal from the 2-yard line.
Taylor is a big reason why Boise’s offense is so potent.
His ability to create mismatches and make plays in the passing game is one of the key components of the Lions offense.
He also is a dynamic runner who gets after the quarterback.
The Bears’ defense was not as stout, allowing just 17 points to Boise, including three touchdowns.
Boise has a chance for an upset.
The second-team defense was led, of course, by senior safety T.J. Brown, who recorded two tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Brown is the Lions’ best defensive player and the No. 2 returning tackler.
Brown had three tackles, a sack and an interception.
The Lions’ secondary, led by the veteran cornerback D.J.’
Johnson, played well against Boise.
Johnson had four interceptions and two pass breakups.
The Lions are a lot better at the position now, especially with Johnson in the mix.
The Bears didn’t have much to say about the game except to say it was a “big day for the program” and that it will be “going to have a very exciting day.”