After last week’s loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, a few players stuck out to me that I will specifically be watching for on Monday night when the Bears host the Seahwawks. Between some poor snaps and an ineligible player downfield penalty for Whitehair, the early disappearance of Tarik Cohen, the uncalled holding penalties against Leonard Floyd, and the long touchdown given up coupled with a dropped interception for Kyle Fuller, I am curious just how these players will rebound or be better utilized this week.
Here is my list of players to keep an eye on Monday night.
Who to Watch
Cody Whitehair: This might be the single most important player on offense this week. Hear me out here. Whitehair’s snapping issues have been well-documented. This offense is based out of the shotgun on over 80% of the snaps. Whitehair had more poor snaps last week than good ones. This is starting to become a problem. The timing of every play you run is thrown off when the snap isn’t consistent. This is something to monitor...again.
Tarik Cohen: Cohen’s usage in the passing game mysteriously disappeared after the first quarter last week. It was obvious that he is going to be a huge part of this offense, but he needs consistent touches. There are a lot of hungry mouths to feed on offense, but stick to your roots because until further notice, Howard and Cohen are your 2 best weapons on offense.
Leonard Floyd: A lot of folks were mystified by Floyd’s performance against the Packers. I’m not sure that I agree with that. On a lot of plays, Floyd was simply the second man there on pressures or sacks. There were several missed holding penalties on Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari as well. Floyd also did a nice job in coverage last week. He is learning to play a new side since the Khalil Mack trade and has a club on his hand. I saw some promising things from Floyd and he will need to step it up for this defense to reach its peak.
Kyle Fuller: How does Fuller respond to a rather poor showing against the Packers? Against this group of receivers, the answer had better be really well. That dropped interception that would have sealed the game is the type of play that can really get in a player’s head. I think Fuller rebounds and has a big game...at least that’s my hope.
What are your thoughts? Which Bears players are you keeping an eye on this Monday night against the Seahawks?
Stay tuned for my three keys to the game tomorrow morning and in case you missed it, here is my What to Watch For from yesterday.