Chicago Bears Ranking the Roster: 50-46
48. Isaiah Irving
Isaiah Irving is entering year two with the Chicago Bears at a position that has starting spots almost completely up for grabs. Can Irving grab one?
Irving was a UDFA last season who made his way onto the practice squad with a solid preseason. Of course, as the position began to thin out due to injuries, Irving found his way onto the roster and even started a game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was a quiet game overall, but Irving showed some upside worth buying into heading into this season.
However, that game also ended his season, as he went onto the IR a few days later with a bad knee. It is a shame because that was truly a chance for him to gain some real momentum heading into this season.
Still, he is going to head into camp with every intention of winning a roster spot. As mentioned, he does not have the fiercest competition. The question is, what can he bring?
Irving is not the biggest or best athlete. That is what got him to fall out of the draft. He is a technically refined player, as shown in the play above. You can see that he is winning this repetition with his hands and his leverage. This can get him into roster contention.
It does not help his case that he got hurt in his one chance with tougher competition. However, he likely will get another chance. If he does not make the initial roster, the team will likely look to get him onto the practice squad. From there, it feels as though he will find a chance at some point during the season.