3 under-the-radar players on the Chicago Bears roster to still keep an eye on

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Chicago Bears, A.J. Thomas
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Could A.J. Thomas make the Chicago Bears final roster?

Last year, the Chicago Bears brought in undrafted free agent A.J. Thomas. Thomas played at Western Michigan and brings some versatility to his game. While in college, he played defensive back, safety and linebacker. He finished his five-year career with three sacks, two interceptions and 16.5 tackles for loss. Thomas adds some size to the defensive backfield too as he stands 6'2" and is 220 pounds. Despite playing five years at Western Michigan, he only turns 24 this year.

Thomas was placed on the Chicago Bears practice squad prior to the 2022 season but found himself elevated to the active roster in late November. He played in five games due to injuries to the Bears' defensive backfield but never started. You have to wonder if the team liked what they saw from Thomas since they allowed veteran DeAndre Houston Carson to walk in free agency.

You know they must like what they have seen from Thomas in training camp and preseason this year. He led the team in tackles vs the Colts with five and came away with a huge interception on the play after Velus Jones muffed the punt and turned the ball over vs the Titans. He looks to be a solid depth piece and has a good shot of making the 53-man roster this season.