2. Trevis Gipson, DE
Trevis Gipson has been in headlines the last two days or so after he had requested a trade from the Bears. The report leaked right in the middle of the Bears' final preseason game against Buffalo, which was odd timing to say the least.
Gipson is in his fourth season as a pro and is coming off a year which saw him total only 3.0 sacks. Back in 2021, he broke out with 7.0 on the year.
To begin the preseason, Gipson saw his name fall down the depth chart. That seemed to do a couple of things for the former fifth-round pick. First, it motivated him to show out. Gipson enjoyed a tremendous preseason, and a lot of the times he looked like the best player on the Bears' front seven.
Over three games, Gipson tallied a monstrous 14 total quarterback pressures, 10 hurries and 2.0 sacks. He was constantly in the back field on passing plays.
Secondly, Gipson must have been so upset by seeing his name fall so far that it resulted in this trade demand. The problem is, the Bears need him. And, they need to prove that to him. Whether or not he makes the team is up in the air, though, because he was not one of Poles' picks. He might already know the Bears are not committed to him past 2023.
But, he makes this Bears team better overall and should be on this roster.