Five Bears regression candidates

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Adrian Amos
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Adrian Amos /
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Which Bears players may have a worse 2017 than 2016?

The best part of football is the ebbs and flows of the season. Each player’s stock rises and falls amongst the fanbase by every game or three-game run. However, as some players rise in affection, others have to come back down to earth. This is not to suggest that the player is bound to fall off, but what they did in 2016 was more productive than what they give in 2017.

5. Adrian Amos

Aside from Quintin Demps, Amos has the most experience on an NFL field. Considering that Demps is a free agent and Amos is the most experienced safety on the team in this defense. However, there is not even a guarantee that Amos will make the team in 2017.

Amos is a clear liability in coverage. At the same time, Harold Jones-Quartey had 12 more tackles in 200 fewer snaps. Jones-Quartey graded out similarly to Amos against the run, but for as rough as Amos was, Jones-Quartey was worse. Still, the team also brought in Eddie Jackson and Quintin Demps and experimenting with shifting Deiondre Hall to safety. Deon Bush is also in the mix, and all of the sudden both Jones-Quartey and Amos could be on the chopping block if they do not play their cards right.

While the odds are on Amos to make the team, the Bears are hoping that one of their younger safeties with higher investment in does take over eventually. Hall, Bush, and Jackson were all drafted earlier and more recently than Amos. Demps is taking one starting spot, making this a major make or break season for Amos, as he goes from a full-time starter to a player fighting for a future.