Chicago Bears Week 5 Winner No. 2: Greg Stroman Jr.
The Bears have been decimated in the secondary this season with injuries. Kyler Gordon is on IR, Eddie Jackson, Jaylon Johnson, and Josh Blackwell have missed two straight games, and Jaquan Brisker has missed some time too.
They have leaned on rookies Tyrique Stevenson and Terrell Smith to step up in a bigger role. They have also asked guys like Jaylon Jones and Greg Stroman Jr. to play more, and the hope is that they can just have the next-man-up mentality. While Stevenson has been up and down and Smith has shown some flashes in limited fashion, Greg Stroman burst onto the scene against the Commanders and had a game to remember.
The Bears have struggled to get takeaways and to bring down the quarterback this season. This is obviously a very bad recipe for a defense to be competitive. Well, Stroman had a sack and an interception against the Commanders. He had four total tackles on the night as well, making his presence known in lots of ways.
This is such a good story because he is a guy who was a practice squad player last year and was thrust into the lineup for the same role. Next-man-up mentality is what he plays with and it shows with how hard he goes. He jumped a route in order to pick Sam Howell off and showed great speed and athleticism in the sack from a slot blitz that was called.
The Bears are looking for who will step up with so many injuries to the secondary, and this type of game from Stroman will surely earn him more reps as they continue to rotate players in and out of the game to see who matches up the best.