Which way is the stock trending on the young Chicago Bears nose tackle?
Whether you are a supporter or want him fired, one area you have to give Ryan Pace credit is UDFAs. From Bryce Callahan, Roy Robertson-Harris to Rashaad Coward, Ryan Nall, and Kevin Toliver, he has made use of finding depth pieces for the Chicago Bear in the UDFA market.
Even some players such as Isaiah Irving and Abdullah Anderson may not make an impact on Sundays, but stick around for multiple years, and continue to push the depth of the roster. Not every team consistently can find UDFAs like that.
Anderson was a UDFA in 2018, and while he may not be known by many fans, sticking around for two full seasons with that status is a nice feat. Especially coming from small school Bucknell.
With some injuries last season, he was able to get on the field for 106 snaps, nearly 10% of the defensive snaps. Now, he is entering year three with the hopes to continue to progress.
When Nick Williams signed with the Detroit Lions, it could have been a sign that Anderson was going to be locked into his depth chart standing.
However, the team re-signed Brent Urban and brought back John Jenkins, who was with the Bears in 2017.
The Chicago Bears essentially let Jenkins walk in 2018 only to replace him with Anderson as a UDFA. Now, two years later, Jenkins is stepping in to compete for that roster spot again.
Anderson is arguably another stock neutral player. Entering year three, and coming off of a season where he saw significant NFL snaps is a pretty good feat, and he has clearly progressed each year. However, he has more competition, as the Bears retained depth. It was not intentional to push Anderson out, but he remains on the fringe of the final 53-man roster.