Where does the stock stand on the Chicago Bears third-year cornerback, Michael Joseph?
Michael Joseph has had an impressive career considering he was a UDFA from Dubuque. There are no NFL players to speak of from him alma mater, so while many fans do not even know of Joseph, him making it on the Chicago Bears roster for two full seasons is impressive.
Of course, he did not play a single NFL snap to date. Still, for a UDFA, he has competed in training camp for two straight years and has earned practice squad status both seasons. That is a pretty impressive feat for where he is standing.
However, entering year three, Joseph may have his steepest climb up the roster yet. The Bears lost Prince Amukamara, which means open competition at starting cornerback. That should be good for Joseph.
Yet, despite losing a starter, there are now more names in his way. The Chicago Bears signed Artie Burns and Tre Roberson. They also drafted Kindle Vildor and Jaylon Johnson. One name left and three stepped in over Joseph. Beyond that, Stephen Denmark and Duke Shelley enter year two, and ahead of Joseph on the pecking order as well.
It is fair to think that he could last on the practice squad for a third straight season. However, it is hard to make the case for him seeing an NFL field again in year three unless things fell apart in Chicago. At best, he would be plateauing this year. At worst, the Bears saw him for three straight offseason and would rather give a practice squad shot to a more unknown candidate. His status is not guaranteed. At this point, the stock has to be trending down on Joseph.
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