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Bears Buff Defensive Backs with Marqui Christian

By Sam Stevenson August 12, 2020 0 Comment
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The Chicago Bears have signed Marqui Christian. We’ll look more into the player, as well as the impact his signing brings.

It seems that the Chicago Bears won’t just have a competition at quarterback. After losing Jordan Lucas due to his opt out, the team has found a suitable replacement, per Turron Davenport.

Marqui Christian is a 2016 fifth-round pick who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. He has spent the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Rams, playing a variety of positions at both nickel and safety. In 2019, he had 34 tackles and two passes deflected. Christian had a deal with the New York Jets this year, but it fell through. He is also facing a two-week suspension for an undisclosed violation in June, so he won’t be eligible until Week 3.

We’ve discussed the interesting situation the Bears have at nickel in a previous article. Christian could be competing for that spot. That would likely mean the team is moving on from 2019 sixth-round pick Duke Shelley. Maybe the team is hoping to save money; they could do so by cutting Buster Skrine. Christian could replace him until 2020 rookie Kindle Vildor is ready to start in his place. However, the team may have other use for Christian at an entirely different spot.

The team currently has a competition going on at strong safety. There is in-home option Deon Bush. The team also has newly acquired Tashaun Gipson. Christian could very likely be coming in as the third option if neither guy pans out well. He has had ample experience in the spot and could slot in nicely beside Eddie Jackson.

If at nothing else, Christian replaced Lucas as a special teams ace, and good depth at defensive back. Maybe Chuck Pagano utilizes the young defensive back as a sort of hybrid position, like an Isaiah Simmons. It will be interesting to see if the former Ram makes the roster, and what role he plays in an incredible Bears defense group.

 

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