Should Chicago Bears look into Kevin Dodd?
Kevin Dodd was recently released by the Tennessee Titans. Should the Chicago Bears look into the second round pass rusher?
Two years ago, we debated who would have a better career between Clemson pass rushers, Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd. A few weeks ago, we broke down the question of whether or not former Clemson pass rusher Shaq Lawson is a fit for the Chicago Bears as he is falling out of favor. Just a few short weeks later, we are going to debate his teammate Kevin Dodd.
Dodd was a former second round pick entering his third season in the NFL. However, Dodd skipped volutnary OTAs and did not show up for the start of training camp.
After two seasons that saw limited time played with a foot injury, and 0 sacks the Titans had enough of Dodd and let him go. So, the first question that comes into signing Dodd is his baggage.
Why did he skip? The team did skip coaches, but it seems as though he was never in favor in Tennessee, which made it easy for him to fall out of favor.
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It could be because he came from the 4-3 at Clemson. This was a similar issue for Lawson in Buffalo. The two had to adjust and play off of the ball more, and it caused issues. If this is the case, and he does not want to play in the 3-4, he is not going to fit the Bears.
However, if it was more of a coaching and organizational thing, it is at least a possibility. Dodd did not display much as a pass rusher, but was solid in run defense in his second season.
Leonard Floyd is a speed rusher who lacks edge setting size, so to add a power run stuffer across from him would make sense schematically. Still, the idea comes off as unlikely.
He is going to fit better in a 4-3, as is Lawson. He may not want to play for the Bears and there is just as good of a chance that the Bears do not want a former second round pick who forced his way off of the team that drafted him. Whatever the situation with Kevin Dodd, it is unlikely to affect the Chicago Bears.