We’re half way through the 2017 preseason of the Chicago Bears, and there are some players separating themselves form the pack. Both in a good way, and a bad way.
We’ll examine a few players that have seen their stock rise over the last month or so, and a few that have seen their sock decline over the same time. Not all my stock downs are necessarily in danger of losing their hold on a 53 man roster spot, and my stock ups aren’t necessarily locks, but it’s an exercise to see how guys stand through training camp and a couple practice games.
Jonathan Bullard - The second year defensive lineman has had a really good camp, and flashed in both games so far. He’s been strong at the point of attack, and his quickness off the snap has been noticeable.
Roy Robertson-Harris - He’s had an up and down camp, which is to be expected as he goes through a position change, and after missing all of last year, but he took advantage of his time on Saturday by picking up two sacks.
Kyle Fuller - He had three tackles in each preseason game, and looks like a player that is over what ever issues he had last year.
Tarik Cohen - After hearing how Cohen would be the “Joker” back, I was under the impression he would be a sutuational player, but with Jordan Howard held out of the Arizona game, Cohen received the start. The Bears obviously view him as much more than a gimmick player.
Patrick O’Donnell - The Bears punter had four punts, a 50 yard net average, and three inside the twenty.
Zach Miller - After speculation arose that he could be a cap casualty, Miller went out and had a good camp. He also started both preseason games in double tight end sets.
Mitchell Trubisky - His second game wasn’t as impressive as his first, but the coaches were calling plays to ice the game, asking him to be a game manager. I would have rather seen them open it up, since it’s only practice, but he still performed with what he was given. His passer rating was actually higher week 2 (135.4), than week 1 (103.1).
Ka’Deem Carey - With Howard and Jeremy Langford both held out of the Cardinals’ game, Carey had a chance to stand out. He didn’t. He had seven yards on six runs and didn’t play a single snap on special teams. He did have a couple receptions, but he needs to show more as a runner these next two games. To be fair he had a 16 yard run wiped out due to a penalty, but this weeks game will be a big one for him
Jordan Morgan - The fifth round draft pick played one snap on Saturday.
Kevin White - Maybe he can’t get it going because of the QB that’s throwing him the ball, but only two catches for two yards on three targets in the two games isn’t good.
Mike Glennon - His performance wasn’t as bad as week one, but it wasn’t good either. He needs a great week of practice, and to play good football in Tennessee on Sunday. If he’s as blah as ever, and Trubisky flashes, the locker room will start to wonder why the coaches are staying with Glennon.