7. Jaylon Jones may find a role with the Chicago Bears on special teams
Jaylon Jones is the definition of what the preseason is all about. Jones is a UDFA who was able to catch on in the preseason last year. He ended up starting a bit as a rookie due to the poor depth on the roster. Jones was definitely thrust into a spot where he was not ready yet, but he hung around and now is back for another season.
While the cornerback room is stronger, we noted with Stroman that the fifth and sixth cornerback spots are still open. Fortunately for Jones, Terell Smith missed the game as well, and it made the rotation smaller, and easier for him to get on the field.
Jones played 24 snaps on defense, with 17 in coverage. He allowed just two catches, but the main display was special teams. Jones led the Bears in special teams snaps, tackles, and PFF grade on Saturday. This is more important than anything defensively.
The fifth or sixth cornerback will hardly see the field, but they will be a valuable special teams piece. Stroman proved that he could play inside and outside, but Jones showed that he could play five phases of special teams, while Stroman was in for just three special teams units.
These are the small things that may seperate the two, but both of them made cases for different reasons.