Which Chicago Bears players were winners from Week 16 vs. Seahawks?
Chicago Bears Week 16 Winner No. 3: Dazz Newsome
While we still did not see much of the rookie wideout, he is now been a part of the offense and special teams. Dazz Newsome is finally getting a “tryout” for this team after spending most of the year on the practice squad. So far, he has impressed in his limited role and hopefully sees some more touches in the next two weeks.
Newsome had only one catch that went for ten yards, but it was a very important catch. It came on a third and ten on the Bears’ second drive of the game. The Seahawks had just scored a touchdown, so the Bears were trying to answer. Foles threw a curl route to Dazz Newsome short of the sticks, but Newsome used his quickness to beat a couple of tackles and reach for the first down. It was a very important conversion that kept an eventual touchdown scoring drive alive.
Newsome also showed his elusiveness in punt return duty and had a nice 28-yard return that gave the Bears great field position. Special teams have been a struggle for the Bears this year, especially when they are without Jakeem Grant.
If Newsome can show the coaches something in the next couple of games while he is a key piece on special teams, he can carve out a role for himself on the team. For a young player like Newsome who has only recently found some playing time, giving extra effort on special teams is something that can earn some praise.
Allen Robinson should be back next week, which means that Newsome might not get much run-on offense, but he could be used as a gadget player in the place of Jakeem Grant. He is quick and good with the ball in his hands. He has looked decent enough so far to earn some extra reps, so it will be interesting to see how much he plays going forward.