Chicago Bears: Projecting Five Breakout Players

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OLB David Bass

Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass (91) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t think that Bass has gotten enough credit for what he’s done in the very limited time he’s gotten with the Bears.

In limited playing time Bass has had some good production and definitely has shown flashes of athleticism and starter capability. In two seasons with the Bears, he has appeared in 20 games, has four sacks, 33 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception that he returned for a touchdown.

Bass’ pre-draft scouting report stated that he was a solid athlete with impressive speed (4.82 at the combine, 4.69 at pro-day) and great lateral quickness. On the field, he’s a natural pass-rusher and has always shown the ability to be durable in his college and NFL career.

Like most of his teammates, Bass, who has never before played in a 3-4 system, is still very early in the learning process. Yet from the reports we’ve seen so far early in camp, a new scheme may be the key to unlocking his potential.

The new staff has shown a willingness to give youngsters playing time if they deserve it. With a strong camp and preseason, Bass will earn those reps on game days and has the potential to mirror the production of Ahmad Brooks in DC Vic Fangio’s prior defense.

Hey, he may not even make the team! However, I’m excited to see if this kid can beat out one of the veterans in front of him on the depth charts. Some of those veterans should be at least sweating with Bass putting the pressure on and he could be a sleeping giant or a fish out of the water (pun intended). Come on, David….prove me right!

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