Chicago Bears: This former safety fails to make starting XFL depth chart

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The XFL started last weekend as all eight teams debuted on Saturday and Sunday. The league has many ex-NFL players, but a former Chicago Bears starting safety could not even earn the starting spot on his XFL team.

If you are a fan of the NFL, most likely you are going to give the XFL a chance. It seems for the most part that the XFL started out strong during its opening weekend. Many fans who tuned in seemed to enjoy the games for the most part. Many ex-NFL players are in the league, including a few former Chicago Bears.

Looking at where the Chicago Bears roster was just a few years ago should make you at least appreciate where the team is currently. Do you remember what life was like before Eddie Jackson? In 2015, Ryan Pace was hired to replace Phil Emery as the Chicago Bears general manager. In his first draft, Pace drafted a safety in the sixth round.

Harold Jones-Quartey was a safety out of Findlay. Due to injuries to Antrel Rolle and Brock Vereen, Jones-Quartey actually started four games in 2015. He finished the season with two pass deflections, an interception and 22 solo tackles. He ended up being the Chicago Bears starting free safety next to Adrian Amos in 2016. During that year, Jones-Quartey racked up 66 solo tackles, five pass deflections and an interception.

He never suited up in the 2017 season as the Chicago Bears drafted superstar Eddie Jackson. Jones-Quartey went on to now play in the XFL for the St. Louis Battlehawks. You would think a player who started for an NFL team would be a starter in a developmental league like the XFL. Jones-Quartey, however, failed to do so. Instead, he is the backup to Kenny Robinson, one of the more interesting players in the XFL.

Robinson chose to play in the XFL after being dismissed by the West Virginia Mountaineers for a code of student conduct violation. If Robinson succeeds and makes his way to the NFL, this could lead to more players choosing to skip out on college and get paid to play in the XFL instead.

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Robinson was a great player for the Mountaineers, but Jones-Quartey had actual NFL experience. The fact that he could not beat Robinson out on the depth chart again shows just how bad this team was just a few years ago. No wonder the team could not win more than six games in a season. You might not like Ryan Pace, but the team has turned around quite a bit since the horrid first few seasons he was general manager.