Bears: 5 under-the-radar players who must contribute to beat the Rams

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Chicago Bears, Marquise Goodwin
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Chicago Bears Under the Radar Player No. 2: Marquise Goodwin

The Los Angeles Rams have one of the best corners in the NFL in Jalen Ramsey. What many might not know is that the team could have a very good CB2 on the roster too in Darious Williams. Williams was an undrafted free agent of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens put him on their practice squad and that’s all it took for the Rams to claim him through the waiver system.

Williams has fought his way into the starting lineup as the second corner. After playing in 12 games (started three) in 2019, Williams earned a big bump last year with 10 starts. He picked off two balls in 2019 and upped that to four last season. Williams also had an impressive 14 pass deflections. Even his advanced stats are elite with a 54.2% completion percentage allowed when targeted and a 61.1 QB Rating.

With these two corners locked in on Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney, the Chicago Bears will need Marquise Goodwin to step up as the WR3. Goodwin has proven in the past how efficient he can be when healthy, the problem is, he is hardly ever healthy. The hope here is that Andy Dalton can hit him deep a few times in this one and if he can, that means it will open up the rest of the offense.

Chicago Bears Under the Radar Player No. 3: Angelo Blackson

This Eddie Goldman news is definitely playing against the Chicago Bears. Thank goodness the team is used to not having Goldman after he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID. With Goldman sidelined due to his knee injury, the Chicago Bears will need players to step up. Angelo Blackson is one of those players.

Blackson is now playing for his fourth team and has not racked up many stats throughout his career. He started 15 games for Houston in 2019 and nine for Arizona last season. He has experience as both a nose tackle and an end. He should be a part of a four-player rotation tomorrow night and Chicago needs him to step up.