Chicago Bears Preseason Game #2: Stock Watch Defense

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CB Kyle Fuller – Gave up a deep catch to TY Hilton and 3 catches for 61 yards total. Fuller also got a dumb taunting penalty after the Hilton catch. After a promising, but up-and-down rookie campaign, Fuller is expected to improve this season but I have yet to see any signs of it after two games.

ILB Jon Bostic – He improved slightly on his awful game 1 performance, but still wasn’t good. Bostic had three tackles but they were all after 5-6 yard gains and like usual he was a step or two behind in coverage. With the 3 ILBs ahead of him on the depth chart all playing well and young players like Timu, Anderson, and the recently traded for Matthew Wells having more special teams value, Bostic’s roster spot is in jeopardy.

DE Ego Ferguson – Played very well in week 1 but was a non-factor on Saturday night. He only played 18 snaps so didn’t have a ton of chances, but Ferguson failed to put up any counting stats and was pretty much invisible. With the lack of depth at DE, Ferguson is in no danger of losing his roster spot, but the strong play of Will Sutton could bump Ferguson down a spot on the depth chart if he doesn’t play well next week.

CB Sherrick McManis – On paper McManis only gave up one catch for five yards, but he got lucky. TY Hilton dropped a deep slant that could have resulted in a long TD with McManis in coverage. He had given Hilton about a ten yard cushion and would have had no chance of catching him had the ball not bounced off his hands. McManis also gave up a 2-point conversion after he was slow to recognize a pick play. He made his usual impact on special teams, but was pushing for the dime corner spot and may have been passed by Terrance Mitchell on the depth chart.

FS Sherrod Martin – Gave up a catch for 12-yards and a first down and also missed two tackles on running plays. The veteran safety has a chance to make the squad due to the Bears lack of depth at the position, but had probably the worst game of any Bears safety and will have to show more next week to have a shot at making the final 53-man roster.

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