Chicago Bears Week 12 Winner No. 2: Terrell Smith
Terell Smith got the start for Tyrique Stevenson, who missed the game due to an ankle injury, and he was more than serviceable as the next man up. Smith led the team in tackles even with missing some time due to injury during the game. He was all over the football field and made his case for more playing time as the backup boundary corner behind Stevenson and Johnson.
Many were high on him coming out of the draft, and he showed why there is some belief in his potential. He has great size and instincts and was able to make plays when it mattered. While he did not join the interception party, he was able to limit the big, costly penalties that many rookie corners suffer from and also not allow the big play.
Smith made a lot of plays in the open field as a tackler, not letting a check-down turn into anything more. He kept everything in front of him and was able to give the Bears the production they would have gotten out of Stevenson, for the most part. Sure, he gave up some catches, especially as the game went on, but for a rookie who was making his first career start, he showed great poise and discipline. He did everything he was asked to by Matt Eberflus, and his performance showed how bright his future could be if given more playing time.