The Bear Goggles On Countdown to Kickoff series is now underway. With 26 days to go until the Bears season kicks off we will highlight the Bears player that is wearing number 26, Deon Bush.
2016 Season Review
Deon Bush’s 2016 season is one he wants to forget. After being quiet in camp, Bush became a regular healthy scratch for most of the beginning of the season. Bush took a long time to adjust to NFL life, the NFL playbook and understanding the defense. The Bears were always vague with his situation.
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Bush was finally activated about halfway through the season and even eventually started six games. Bush’s productivity was minimal, but he didn’t embarrass. Bush showed that he may become a serviceable safety but showed very little flash that he could develop into an impact defensive player.
Bush’s 2017 outlook has to be better than 2016, right? During OTAs, Bush’s development didn’t seem great as his motivation was questioned. Bush really hasn’t emerged as a legitimate threat to swipe Adrian Amos’ starting spot but hasn’t looked completely incompetent in camp. At this point, Bush has probably been passed by Eddie Jackson on the depth chart and is currently battling Deiondre Hall.
Could Bush be released before the season starts? While that is still a possibility, Bush will probably be kept on as a depth piece in the secondary.
Future with Bears
At this point, Bush doesn’t seem to have a very bright future with the Bears. He could stick around for the length of his rookie contract, but unless he makes significant strides, it’s hard to see the Bears offering him a contract beyond those years. Eddie Jackson looks like a better player, and the Bears also have Quintin Demps in the short-term. Don’t expect Ryan Pace to offer money to a player he only sees as a sub with little upside.