What is the best possible outcome for Jonathan Bullard and what is his worst scenario?
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 defensive end, Jonathan Bullard.
Jaye Howard’s hip is still acting up and it opens up a lot of practice reps for Bullard. He takes advantage and shows an increase in understanding and patience in year two. It shows immediately in the preseason as he seamlessly fits in next to Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks. Howard still makes the team, but he is rotating almost half of the time with Bullard on the line. By end of the season, Bullard has played more snaps than Howard and has three sacks. The team lets Howard walk via free agency this offseason as they are very confident in the ability of Bullard next to Goldman and Hicks moving forward.
Bullard still looks lost on the practice field. He tends to make a lot of mental mistakes, and it has the Bears using Mitch Unrein over him in training camp. Bullard struggles during the preseason and finds himself well out of place on a long run. He makes the team but is sixth of defensive lineman in playing time, and it appears he is not going to be a trusted commodity moving forward. The team re-signs Howard and Unrein, showing their lack of faith in Bullard.