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Stock up, stock down: Bears-Eagles

Sophomore slumps? Where is all the talent we thought we had?

NFL: NOV 03 Bears at Eagles Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Where is the talent that the Bears had last year? Was that an anomaly? Did our eyes deceive us? In 2018, this team had talent, it had playmakers and this year, most of that has vanished.

Check your proverbial milk carton because there’s several players that could be rotating on the back of them under the ‘MISSING’ headline.

This season is completely off the rails, the coach seems to be coaching both scared and stubbornly stupidly, the quarterback has regressed to a point where it seems he can’t be salvaged and no one and I mean no one, would even be willing to give him a chance to and the defense that seemed poised to set the league standard has come back to being merely above average.

Philadelphia has become a house of horrors for Chicago, in their last three visits to the City of Brotherly Love the Bears have lost by 43, 28 and eight points. At least the margin is coming down.

What’s left to say? This season is dead, it’s all about reclamation at this point and finding who can either continue to be a part of the future or be traded for the precious draft capital that the team desperately needs.

Stock up

Nick Williams, DT - Filling in for Akiem Hicks, Williams has played admirably, rounding into a decent role player. He picked up a sack, a TFL, a QB hit and four tackles.

Taylor Gabriel, WR - He caught all three of his targets for 69 yards, which was good enough to make the list, but he had to make some adjustments to those balls on the fly in order to catch at least two of them, since they weren’t thrown very well.

Leonard Floyd, OLB - It’s frustrating that Floyd is still so up and down in year four. He’s a decent role player, but not consistent enough to be a good number two to Khalil Mack. Floyd recorded his first QB hit, first sack and first TFL since week one. I don’t expect it to last though.

Stock down

James Daniels, C - Another bad game for the young center. Nearly any of the OL could be here because they all had bad games and played a huge role in the offense’s first half being so abysmal. Daniels was particularly rough, though, missing assignments and getting beat often.

Eddie Jackson, S - Jackson has to be better. I can’t think that his first two seasons were total flukes. He was an All-Pro last season, that kind of talent doesn’t just evaporate does it? He seems to be pressing a little much for a takeaway and had a bad penalty and several half-hearted tackle attempts that looked to me like he wasn’t willing to commit to the big hit.

Tarik Cohen, RB - Play selection and calling hasn’t helped Cohen. I think that Nagy is tipping Cohen too much by inserting him and defenses cue in on him as the target of the play. The decision to give him a goal line carry was all the more baffling then. It was a good time to use Cohen as a decoy, instead having him run right into a line that was expecting a run was idiotic. Either way, Cohen has had too many easy drops and just seems to be pressing a little too hard when he does manage to get the ball.

Who did I miss? Who is on your list?