With one preseason game in the books for the Chicago Bears — a 20 to 13 win over the Miami Dolphins — this is a good time to take a glance over the current roster to see which players are trending up or down.
Justin Fields - We’ll start with the obvious, because after that performance on Saturday afternoon the national media stood up and took extra notice of Chicago's rookie quarterback. Fields flashed his skills on several occasions, but it was his poise and confidence that really stood out to me.
Alec Ogletree - With how quickly Ogletree has made an impact, he’s not only a roster lock in my opinion, but he’s likely going to be the first inside linebacker off the bench this season.
The defensive line - The d-line played a nice game against the Dolphins and that was without starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman. There’s some good depth in this group, but I wanted to point out rookie seventh round pick Khyiris Tonga got the start at the nose, veteran Mike Pennel looked solid with a sack and a tackle for loss, and undrafted free agent Daniel Archibong had a sack and a TFL too.
Rodney Adams - The 26-year old receiver led the Bears in targets (6), receptions (4) and yards (57), and he also some some playing time on the special teams.
Caleb Johnson - The UDFA from Houston Baptist University made some plays on defense against Miami and he also had 11 snaps in the third phase. I don’t see a path for him to make the 53 man roster, but if he keeps this up he’s a lock for the practice squad.
Javon Wims and Riley Ridley - When you’re already on the roster bubble it’s not a good idea to get penalized, and each of these guys were flagged for a false start.
Elijah Wilkinson - Based on film alone, Wilkinson should be in the stock up category, but considering the Bears went out and signed Jason Peters to play left tackle that’ll eventually move Wilkinson down the depth chart.
Michael Joseph - The corner turned safety from Oswego (IL) High School was already on the roster bubble, but breaking his thumb on Saturday is a tough setback for his chances to make the 53-man roster.
Who are some of your stock up/stock down picks for the Bears?