Bears Preseason: Roster Risers and Fallers After Seahawks Game

Bears risers and fallers following 2nd preseason game originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Even though the Bears starters hardly played in Thursday night’s preseason game, it was still an important night for Matt Eberflus, Ryan Poles, and plenty of players trying to earn jobs and roles with the team. For some, it was a step in the right direction to make the 53-man roster. Others will need to get back to practice to correct some mistakes. Here are Thursday’s biggest risers and fallers.

RISERS

COLE KMET – TIGHT END

It’s no secret that the Bears want to get Kmet more involved in the offense than he has been over the past two seasons. The passing game that extends from the wide zone running scheme can favor tight ends. The question was, could Kmet execute? In just half of a drive’s work, Kmet showed he could excel if given the opportunity to be a focal point in the offense. It started with a TE screen on the first play of the game that went for 12 yards. The play has worked well in practice, and the team was able to reproduce the success in real game action. Five plays later, Kmet ran a slant off play action, and found himself wide open for a 19-yard gain. After that his day was done. Two catches on three targets for 31 yards. Those 31 yards accounted for over 65% of the team’s production on their opening FG drive, too.

TREVON COLEY – DEFENSIVE TACKLE

The Bears have several reliable options in the interior defensive line this season. Justin Jones, Angelo Blackson and Mario Edwards Jr. (even though he’s listed as a defensive end) have all shown the disruption Matt Eberflus looks for in his defensive tackles, so Coley, a six-year veteran, isn’t fighting for a starting job, as much as he is for a job, period. On Thursday he continued to add his name to the mix of disruptive tackles with a big sack on a 3rd-and-15 play, and the way in which he did it will be sure to catch his coaches’ attention. Coley was initially, taken to the ground, and seemingly out of the play, but he got back up, kept going, and eventually notched the sack. H.I.T.S. at its finest. Coley now has three sacks over the two preseason games, and is making a strong case to survive cut down day as a reliable depth piece on defense.

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With Jaquan Brisker and Eddie Jackson locked into the secondary, Hicks is another guy who’s fighting for a spot on the roster more than a spot in the starting lineup. On Thursday, Hicks made big plays on both defense and special teams, which is incredibly important for guys towards the back end of the roster. Playing safety, Hicks did his job as the safety valve of the defense, making a few open field tackles when he was the last line of defense. He came up with one special teams tackle too. Hicks came up with arguably the biggest play of the game, too, recovering a muffed puntー after two of his teammates had already whiffed on the recoveryー to score a touchdown in the third phase.

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