Has cornerback Doran Grant done enough to get a roster spot with the Chicago Bears?
A growing sense amongst Bears fans seems to be a lack of trust in Marcus Cooper as the team’s backup outside cornerback and fifth overall cornerback of the group. After a poor performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cooper did not take another snap in the preseason.
He is dealing with an injury, easy to cut, coming off of not only a poor preseason but a miserable 2017 season. There is no sense of urgency in retaining Marcus Cooper.
The issue with getting rid of Cooper is that no one has been able to unseat him. All eyes were on Kevin Toliver. Toliver had a strong spring and brought that into camp.
However, injuries derailed his camp, and while he worked to get back onto the field, he failed to make any impact plays. Based on what he put on tape in the preseason, he may be a better practice squad candidate who could make the team feel comfortable in moving on from Cooper in a few months.
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Another player who rose from a group of lower level cornerback was Doran Grant. Grant bounced around to a few teams but spent 2017 on the Chicago Bears practice squad.
Grant spent most of his summer on the second team running across from players such as Cooper, Toliver, Michael Joseph and others. Grant has had ups and downs but did put more on tape in the preseason than Marcus Cooper did.
Grant capped a momentum filled preseason off with a pick six, a third-down pass break up and a huge tackle in the open field. He showed great instincts and understanding to break on the ball. Grant also has demonstrated special teams prowess.
Would it be that crazy is Doran Grant made the roster over Marcus Cooper? I would not be surprised.