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8 Bears bubble players who have earned a spot on the roster

The regular season is just days away for the Chicago Bears now that both training camp and the preseason have wrapped up. But before taking the field against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus must narrow the roster from 80 players to 53. This means a lot of tough decisions will be made regarding players. bubble players who have given everything they’ve got since training camp began in late July.

Cutting 27 players isn’t easy for an NFL GM, and while some are easy to spot, it’s also clear who has earned a spot on the team. Here are eight players we think have made a great case for making the Bears’ final roster.

1. RB Darrynton Evans

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 18: Mike Jackson #30 of the Seattle Seahawks dives for the tackle on Darrynton Evans #21 of the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at Lumen Field on August 18, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The bad news for running back Darrynton Evans? It looks like rookie Trestan Ebner easily outclassed him as the team’s RB3 during training camp. The good news is that he still played very well in the preseason and made the most of almost every carry he had. Evans finished the preseason with 77 rushing yards and a touchdown at 4.1 yards per carry. The Bears could choose to include just three running backs and a fullback, but Evans looks legit and deserves a spot.

2.WR Isaiah Coulter

August 27, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Isaiah Coulter (82) catches the ball as he sits on the ground against Cleveland Browns cornerback Herb Miller (29) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

It may be hard to believe, but the Bears’ most consistent wide receiver during the preseason has been Isaiah Coulter. The veteran led the team during the three-game streak with 112 receiving yards, making plays with every quarterback on the roster. He finds his way to football on offense, but he’s also a capable special team player.

Injuries will make the Bears’ receiving corps very interesting to finish, but Coulter deserves to stick with them when the dust settles.

3. OL Dieter Eislen

June 8, 2022; Lake Forest, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen (60) warms up during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe I’ll put an asterisk on this one since I don’t think Die Eislen will be on the list for very long, but if we’re talking about versatile backup interior linemen who have jumped off the screen more than once, he’s the guy who stands out. . . Eislen should see time on the team for at least a week while Lucas Patrick heals from his injured thumb. He can play both guard and center and has excelled with the reserves, particularly against the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason.

It may be short-lived, but Eislen did enough for at least a brief stint on the roster.

4. DE Sam Kamara

Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Kamara runs on the field during the second half of an NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Eberflus loves players with high motor skills and we’ve seen it from defensive end Sam Kamara this preseason. The second-year pass-rusher has skipped tackles to wreak havoc in the backfield more than a couple of times. He had six tackles and two sacks this offseason, with some quarterback pressure as well.

Kamara can still improve when it comes to taking down the quarterback, but he deserves a spot over a well-paid veteran like Mario Edwards Jr. and he could get it.

5. DT Trevon Coley

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, center, is pressured by Chicago Bears defensive tackle Trevon Coley during the first half of an NFL preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Take what we just wrote for Kamara and put it in big, bold print for defensive tackle Trevon Coley. Coley, signed midway through training camp, has been a force on the defensive line. He has had five tackles, three for losses, three sacks and six quarterback hits. Even for a 3-tech defensive tackle, that’s impressive.

Coley might be in line to replace Justin Jones, but he’s been one of the stars of the preseason and should have a home in Chicago.

6.LB Jack Sanborn

Chicago Bears linebacker Jack Sanborn during the second half of an NFL football preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

The secret is undrafted linebacker Jack Sanborn. Even though he’s come back a bit down to earth after his remarkable debut against the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s been climbing the depth chart and continues to play smart, crafty football. The team’s coaches have praised his work ethic and it would be a surprise to learn that he’s not in his plans this year.

Sanborn appears to be the embodiment of the type of player Eberflus wants on his team and has earned not only a roster spot, but significant plays as well.

7.CB Vomtae Harris

Chicago Bears cornerback Vomtae Harris (16) defends against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons (29) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Saturday, August 13 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Like Coley, defensive back Dazutae Harris entered Bears camp in August but made a strong first impression. He has recorded 12 tackles this preseason, including six in Saturday’s finale alone. Harris showed the versatility of him as he was all over the field and made a much stronger case for making the roster than someone like Lamar Jackson. Harris has also been strong on special teams, furthering his case to make it to the final 53.

The cornerback could be in constant flux as several players are dealing with injuries. Regardless, Harris has earned an opportunity and brings years of experience to a young secondary.

8.S Elijah Hicks

Chicago Bears safety Elijah Hicks (37) tackles Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) during the first half of an NFL preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

I can’t help but love the way safety Elijah Hicks plays football. He is instinctive, fast and flies at football. Hicks hasn’t necessarily excelled on defense, but his special teams play is what he’s counted on in his bid to make the team. Cal’s seventh-round pick finished the preseason with 11 total tackles and, while he still has a ways to go in developing him, he has the potential to become a solid NFL player.

The story originally appeared on Bears Wire


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