We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Kickoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Bears September 7th season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
We are a mere 91 days until the Chicago Bears take on the Buffalo Bills in what (on paper) looks like a very promising year for the Bears. While the Bears have had a few quality 91s on their roster (most recently Tommie Harris); the number currently belongs to defensive end David Bass.
In 2013 the Oakland Raider selected David Bass in the 7th round (No. 233) out of Missouri Western after a strong showing a the East-West Shrine game. At Missouri Western, Bass broke school records for most consecutive games started (50) and most sacks in a career (39.5).
Bass was waived by the Raiders on August 31 and signed by the Bears on September 1 2013. Bass has all the measurables; 6′ 4, 256 lbs, he ran a 4.84 40 yard dash; completed 20 reps in the bench press and was a combine top performer in the 20 yard shuttle with a time of 4.33 seconds. He is also considered to be a high motor guy; he just attacks, attacks, attacks.
Bass is seen as raw but talented. He didn’t play against top end talent in college as is found in the SEC or even the Pac 12 but his numbers in college were still impressive. Last season, Bass played mostly in reserve; to give other players a breather now and then.
Even in spot duty, Bass found ways to make plays. He finished the year with 23 tackles, 1 sack and 1 nifty interception he returned for a touchdown against the Ravens in week 11.
With the starting defensive line consisting of Jared Allen, Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea and Lamarr Houston, Bass probably won’t get a whole lot of playing time. But he should be able to see a decent amount of snaps if he continues to play with a high motor and learns from all the veterans in the D-Line room.
David Bass doesn’t need to “wreck the League“; just play quality, technically sound football when he gets the chance. Who knows, he might earn himself a starting job down the line.
Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on September 7th.