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Bears notes: Aromashodu steps up

Matt Trowbridge

In his first career start, four-year veteran journeyman Devin Aromashodu caught a game-high eight passes for 76 yards in Chicago’s 21-14 loss Sunday to the Green Bay Packers.

“Devin Aromashodu really made plays throughout,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

But that doesn’t mean Smith thinks Aromashodu, subbing for the injured Devin Hester, should have played earlier.

“If Devin Hester was up, maybe he would have had a day like today,” Smith said.

Quarterback Jay Cutler agreed, despite lobbying for Aromashodu several times this season.

“He was just put in some positions today to make some plays,” Cutler said. “If Devin had been out there, I think the same thing would have happened. He did make a great adjustment on the touchdown.”

That was a 10-yarder to his back shoulder against five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson for his first career touchdown.

“That gives me confidence I can compete in the NFL,” said Aromashodu, who has been waived by the Dolphins, Colts, Texans and Redskins.

Cutler said there is no need for Aromashodu, the Bears’ leading receiver during the preseason, to audition in the season’s last three weeks.

“I know everything that guy can do on a football field,” Cutler said. “We just need to keep giving him opportunities to do it.”

Cutler now No. 5

Jay Cutler isn’t close to the 4,526 yards he threw for last year in Denver, but his 3,023 yards rank fifth in Bears’ history. His 209 yards Sunday pushed Cutler past Erik Kramer (3,011 in 1997) and Kyle Orton (2,978 last year). He’s 815 yards shy of Kramer’s team record of 3,838 in 1995.

Missed assignment

Ryan Grant ran 68 yards through a hole vacated by Hunter Hillenmeyer to score a touchdown on Green Bay’s first play from scrimmage. Hillenmeyer had “no comment” on how such a huge hole opened up. None of the Bears pointed a finger other than saying it was a huge mistake.

“Their linemen got up to the second level quick and cut off two people,” defensive tackle Tommie Harris said. “He got two for-one, blocked two guys and they had a big gap. We didn’t have guys on the other side pursuing and Grant just busted open.”

Hillenmeyer was the second Bear blocked on the play, but it’s less clear who should have been helping out.

“Somebody didn’t do their job,” defensive end Alex Brown said. “One guy not doing their job can make the defense look bad. I’m not saying it was one guy – it could have been two or three.”

Assistant sports editor Matt Trowbridge can be reached at 815-987-1383 or mtrowbridge@rrstar.com.