5 biggest winners from Chicago Bears preseason week 2
The Chicago Bears are now 2-0 in the Matt Eberflus era. While this does not really matter it is good to see that the team is buying in and that the depth of the new regime is already showing. While the Bears’ preseason win in week two is just a glimpse into the rest of the season, there are some takeaways that can point us in the right direction.
Which players flashed the most?
5. Jack Sanborn, with Honorable Mention: Demarquis Gates
The Chicago Bears’ depth at linebacker has been flashing in both preseason games. Sanborn has all but locked up a roster spot during the past week or so. He has been making an impact on defense, but the biggest thing going for him is that he has been a menace on special teams.
When you watch each punt it is not long before you see 57 right near the return man. Because he Is a depth linebacker, that is what is going to get him on the roster.
Behind him is Demarquis Gates, who took a different path to the Bears. Gates has bounced around from league to league and did the whole run of AAF, XFL, and USFL ball. He flashed this past spring and got an invite to camp.
In two preseason games, he has been a tackling machine who plays nasty. Gates is 26 and has been in the league since 2018, so his hype is not as high as the rookie UDFA. Still, Sanborn may be a roster lock, and Gates may have locked down a practice squad job this season.