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Bills vs. Bears: AJ McCarron earns a game ball after stumbling in the first half

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Two rookies made the list for the final preseason game.

Buffalo Bills v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their preseason with one of the greatest comebacks in NFL preseason history. Down 20-0 at half, the Bills rallied on the road against the Chicago Bears to leave victorious, 28-27. A few players stood out in their comeback win and contributed to the overall success of the team.

QB AJ McCarron

I know. I know. He had a laughable game for three and a half quarters but by golly did he step up in the fourth quarter. By making opportunities with his legs and extending drives in tough down and distances, he put the Bills in a position where they had a puncher’s chance to win the game. At one point in the game, McCarron was 5 for 18 with a QBR of 0.0 but he quickly went to hero. He finished the game 13 for 34 for 156 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. That stat line will likely never earn a game ball again but the circumstances fell in McCarron’s favor.

G Wyatt Teller

Other than a couple of mishaps in pass protection, he showed time and time again why the Bills should be excited about him as the future left guard. Vicious in the run game, Teller did a good job of beating the guy in front of him and getting to the next level. With the huge question mark hovering over the first-team offensive line’s head, Teller may have done enough to make Sean McDermott at least thing about starting him at left guard at some point in the regular season.

S Siran Neal

Neal isn't going to be Ed Reed in coverage but he has shown ability to defend in the box. Finishing the game with ten tackles, Neal made a handful of touchdown-saving ones when the Bears’ running back broke into the second level. Over the course of the four preseason games, Neal has been reliable as an open field tackler even though it isn’t always technically sound.