Chicago Bears: Three Ryan Pace draft picks in danger of getting cut

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Chicago Bears, Josh Iyiegbuniwe
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The Chicago Bears have a stacked line-backing group at the moment

Player No. 3:  Josh Iyiegbuniwe

Josh Iyiegbuniwe was drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 draft out of Western Kentucky and will be entering his fourth season as a pro. Since Iyiegbuniwe was drafted he’s mostly been a special teams player who hasn’t been given much of a chance on defense.

The reason he hasn’t been given much of a chance is due to who’s in front of him. Also selected in the 2018 draft, was Roquan Smith who has quickly become an elite-level LB in the NFL. Next to Smith has been Danny Trevathan who is also a reliable starter on defense, thus giving Iyiegbuniwe little to fight for on the defensive side of the ball.

That said, Iyiegbuniwe has been a quality special teams player and that very well could be enough to keep him on the team. However, looking at the ILB position, the Bears brought in two veterans in Christian Jones and Alec Ogletree. Ogletree in particular has been phenomenal in camp and one of the best defenders on the field for Chicago against the Dolphins.

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Christian Jones will also be fighting for a roster spot but is a solid veteran and is someone I would keep over Iyiegbuniwe. If the Bears choose to keep five linebackers then I would say Iyiegbuniwe is next in line due to what he can offer on special teams but he will have to fight these last few weeks.