5 biggest disappointments entering Chicago Bears bye week

Parker Hurley
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4. Chicago Bears should release Angelo Blackson

Angelo Blackson is in a similar spot to Trevis Gipson, but he is a veteran journeyman. Still, he has been much more disappointing than Gipson this season. The way in which they are similar is that Blackson was once good at depth.

Still, that is when Akiem Hicks and Bilal Nichols were around. Once those big names left and Blackson became the starter, he was exposed. Blackson has been the worst-run defender of the group, and it is obvious that the increased snaps and attention have ground down a player who was used to playing rotationally for a long time.

The combination of his struggles, the team’s struggles, and the scheme change as he was a Ryan Pace player have him in the dog house big time. The team signed Andrew Brown from another team’s practice squad, and he was playing over Blackson.

Blackson went from a starter to benched for Armon Watts, to phased out of the defense, and now behind anyone who can wear a helmet and play DL will get a shot over him. If anything, you assume that Blackson ends this season trying to catch on with a contender after he is released in a week or so.