Five Bears with something to prove versus the Tennesee Titans offense
Some things never change. The Bears never seem to have a quarterback, but they always seem to have some guys that can play on defense. Here are five defenders to pay attention to in the preseason finale.
Trevis Gipson, linebacker
Trevis Gipson appeared in seven games as a rookie in 2020 and made five tackles. Clearly, the Bears want more out of him than that. He’s helped himself with a strong training camp and a nice showing in the second preseason game thus far. Expect to see a lot of him.
Kindle Vildor, cornerback
Kindle Vildor needs a good game as he’s fighting to be the Bears’ starting cornerback opposite Jaylon Johnson. He’s been an all-star at practice but has shown a little stage fright in games. He had better shake that off relatively quickly as Artie Burns is creeping up on his blindside. If Burns impresses on Saturday, he could steal the job from Vildor.
Joel Iyiegbuniwe, linebacker
Perhaps you’ve heard, but the Bears have one of the best linebacker units, from top to bottom, in the entire NFL as they’ve added Alec Ogletree to play alongside Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan.
The problem for Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the fact that he’s at the bottom of the depth chart at the linebacker position, and if the Bears don’t see cause to keep him around for special teams help, his time in the Windy City may be at its end. Expect for him to play lights out on Saturday night.
Thomas Graham and Duke Shelley, the battle to be Chicago’s nickel corner
Simply put, both of these guys want a job as a Chicago Bears slot corner. One’s fortune may double as some misfortune for the other.