Chicago Bears: 5 starters who could lose their job

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Taylor Gabriel
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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions runs between Leonard Floyd #94 (upper R) and Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions defeated the Bears 27-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 19: Matthew Stafford /

3. Nick Kwiatkoski

This one is going to feel obvious to most. However, it is going to be very likely that year three for Nick Kwiatkoski is the year in which we see the lowest production and the lowest on field availability.

We know why. The Chicago Bears drafted Roquan Smith eighth overall. That is a plug and play starter. That is an elite defender. Roquan Smith is a player who does not wait for Nick Kwiatkoski to lose his job. He takes his job.

What will be interesting is the battle between Kwiatkoski and Joel Iyiegbuniwe for snaps as the third man in line. Iggy is the fourth round rookie and will come in well behind Nick Kwiatkoski on the learning curve. However, Iggy does have more upside and his blitzing ability.

Many are suggesting that Kwiatkoski moves to the edge more often but that feels unlikely. As a rookie, he played 457 snaps. In year two he played 382. If things go right, his snap total will continue to decrease for another season on the same trajectory.