What is the best possible outcome for Jonathan Anderson in 2017 and what his worst possible outcome?
As we get ready for the 2017 Bears season, it is a good time to look at the ceiling and floor of every player currently on the Bears roster. Of course, career ending injury is the absolute floor, but we will try to keep it to an on the field scenario. Also, this is the most reasonable ceiling to be set, Mitchell Trubisky is not going to be Super Bowl MVP, MVP and Rookie of the Year this season. With that all said, this edition will look at linebacker Jonathan Anderson.
Anderson gets a chance to play both inside and outside in training camp. Due to the injury to Danny Trevathan, Anderson ends up playing most of the preseason time on the inside. More importantly, he is playing on multiple special teams units and excelling. Anderson makes the team being a special teams asset but also serves as the first backup to Nick Kwiatkowski. Anderson sees some snaps on defense in a rotational role and is arguably the team’s top special teamer. Being a restricted free agent in 2018, the Bears and Anderson agree on a two-year deal in the offseason.
Anderson is struggling to find reps or a true position. John Timu, Christian Jones, and Sam Acho are all seeing more work in training camp than him, on defense and on special teams. Anderson has a chance at an interception in the first preseason game and drops a pass thrown right to him. He misses a tackle in the second preseason and hardly plays in the next two games. Anderson is cut prior to the season and bounces around to a few different spots over the course of the season. After a long summer, Anderson finds a low-end contract on another team where he is looked at as a camp body.