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Chicago Bears: Three Players Playing for Their Futures

  • Chicago Bears
  • Germain Ifedi
  • Mitchell Trubisky
  • Nick Foles
  • tarik cohen
By Joseph Herff June 8, 2020 0 Comment
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Three players on the Chicago Bears are in a make-it or break-it season. Here are those three players and what they need to do to prove their worth.

The Chicago Bears have a lot of talent from top to bottom on their roster. The team is very similar in strengths to the 2018 team that won the NFC North and were literally centimetres away from winning a playoff game. Due to all of this talent, there are a few players on the team who are playing for their future with the Bears.

Mitchell Trubisky

The easiest option in this topic is young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. His career thus far has been a bumpy road, and general manager Ryan Pace traded away a fourth-round pick to secure some competition if the quarterback doesn’t step up. Trubisky will be battling Nick Foles for the starting gig during training camp, but it doesn’t end there.

Trubisky needs to prove that he can play well on a consistent basis. He also needs to show progress in his ability to read a defense. He needs to show the NFL why he went second overall. Some games, he looks like that quarterback making throws some quarterbacks dream of making. However, there are games where he looks like a backup, at best. It’s all about consistency for Trubisky.

Tarik Cohen

After stellar 2017 and 2018 seasons for the small, shifty back, Tarik Cohen stumbled in 2019. Much like the rest of the roster, Cohen regressed, but he regressed greatly. Known for his shiftiness, Cohen’s receptions per broken tackle increased from 7.9 to 15.8. His drop percentage increased from 1.1% to 8.7%. His yards after catch per reception dropped from 7.3 to 5.4. All in all, he took a huge step back.

Cohen needs to, first of all, continue to prove his value as a punt returner. After an All-Pro season in 2018, he regressed slightly but was still a great returner. Secondly, Cohen needs to show that 2019 was a fluke in terms of shiftiness, hands, and overall playing ability. He needs to show that maybe he won’t be as good as his 2018 form, but he will always be better than his 2019 form.

Germain Ifedi

Germain Ifedi was a former first-round pick for the Seattle Seahawks, but he never lived up to the hype. The Seahawks declined his fifth-year option and he then tested free agency. Ifedi struggled attempting to playing right tackle as he constantly was flagged for penalties and false starts. He comes to Chicago on a cheap, one-year deal to prove that he can be the first-round pick he was, but at right guard.

Ifedi needs to at least prove that he is worth keeping on the team. The Bears have a lot of young, unproven, and inexperienced guys to backup Ifedi, but that doesn’t mean his job is safe. Some guys like Alex Bars or Rashaad Coward could step in and play if he doesn’t live up to it. Ifedi needs to be consistent in improving the run-blocking for the Bears. For Ifedi to secure a future, he would also need to bring down his penalty numbers.

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