Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) makes a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Isaiah Frey (31) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Top Chicago Bears Fringe Players To Watch

With so many new faces joining the Chicago Bears, it was inevitable some names would slip through the cracks.  Who are some that fans should watch for?

Cornelius Washington

The interesting thing about Cornelius Washington is he was considered a steal by a number of experts when the Bears took him in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.  He is an absolute physical specimen with outstanding strength and good quickness.  The feeling was he could tap into that potential by switching to a more natural position.  So far that hasn’t happened, and with the massive influx of new bodies at defensive end, Washington can’t afford to sit back and learn anymore.

Jordan Senn

As the battles rage among the Chicago Bears linebackers for the two open starting jobs, it’s easy to forget how things will shake out in the reserve roles.  One name that has practically been wiped from memory is Jordan Senn.  GM Phil Emery signed the former Carolina Panthers linebacker in free agency.  Senn was a special teams captain and is sure to hold value in that phase for Chicago.  It will be up to players like Khaseem Greene and Christian Jones to prove they can play special teams, otherwise they may have to make room for Senn.

Eric Weems

Everywhere one looks the talk of the Bears wide receiving corps either centers around Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, second-year man Marquess Wilson or the battle for the return man job between Chris Williams, Michael Spurlock and Armanti Edwards.  Nobody has said a word about Eric Weems since he took a pay cut in order to stay on the team.  He’s still just 28-years old and is a special teams stalwart.  Fans should not be so quick to dismiss him considering his experience.

Michael Ford

The drafting of Arizona star Ka’Deem Carey really shook up the Chicago Bears running back depth chart.  With him firmly in place behind Matt Forte, a mad race is about to ensue for the third and final running back spot.  New faces like Jordan Lynch and Shaun Draughn are drawing the attention, which is confusing since the Bears still have Michael Ford.  During the preseason last year the LSU product showcased a versatile skill set both as a runner and a return man.  He appeared in 12 games and made three special teams tackles.  There is no reason to think he won’t be improved entering his second season.

Isaiah Frey

He was the starting nickel corner throughout all of 2013.  Unfortunately Isaiah Frey rose to the top of the depth chart just as the Bears defense was falling apart.  Now suddenly, after earning his spot a year ago, he’s in real danger of not even making the roster.  Rookie 1st round pick Kyle Fuller is expected to join Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings in the starting lineup.  That leaves Frey in a serious battle with veterans Kelvin Hayden, Sherrick McManis and youngsters Demontre Hurst, C.J. Wilson and Al Jean-Louis for the final spots.  If he’s not careful all his work will have been for nothing.

Tags: Chicago Bears Cornelius Washington Eric Weems Isaiah Frey Jordan Senn Michael Ford

  • Cutler2Marshall312

    Issiah Frey is a young good player..Coming from the practice squad to starting nickel CB is a hell of a transition, Just learning how to read the pass & run keys to go along with the run support can be overwhelming for some, but Frey held his on playing with a broken hand most of the season. I’ve heard some good things about Hurst in OTA’s he’s been making plays in coverage to go along with forcing turnovers so competition is good which breeds success but I would take a young Frey over an older Hayden..This is not a knock on Hayden even though he played decent in 2012 he got burned that season in the slot by younger faster receivers..But when it’s all said and done…May the best man win..#BearByBirth

    • Erik Lambert

      Frey got dealt a raw deal last year. He’s still very young and deserves another shot but to make it he has to carve out a role on special teams. The same goes for Hayden and Hurst because the Bears have their top three set.

  • Kirk Devries

    Ford and Washington hopefully take a step forward. I saw somewhere, I believe it was on espn tv that Ford had great workout numbers. They listed about 20 guys over the last ump-teen years with great work out numbers and sure enough, Ford was on the list. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a dream:) Go figure this out for me Eric, would you?

    • Erik Lambert

      At the scouting combine Michael Ford posted a 4.5 40-yard dash, 38.5 inch vertical, 130 inch broad jump, and 11.43 seconds on the 60-yard shuttle. All were rated among the best of the 2013 class. Also, at 5’9″ he managed 25 reps on the bench press. Those are very impressive numbers for a guy his size.

    • Erik Lambert

      Washington survived his first hurdle. Idonije was just cut.

  • Jeffrey Ebo

    I think Frey makes the roster… Hayden gets burned way too often and Frey’s baptism of fire would only help him get better plus he has shown some flash already in OTA’s. I think CB rotation would be Tillman, Jennings, Fuller and Frey, with Al Louis going on PS because he is only 20 with crazy upside. I wouldn’t be upset if Hurst makes it too. Ford albeit a poor pass blocker or pass catcher is not in danger of missing out. Carey was more productive although Ford had a better YPC average plus Carey can catch the ball but after Carey there is really no one else challenging for the third running back spot. Perry might be a better pass catcher but he doesn’t feature in the return game, he is slight of frame, is not a good pass blocker and has not shown he can carry the load. Lynch is a huge maybe as he is not as talented and has not played running back as a featured back. Draughn… nah. Corn Wash is in real danger because Bass is young and talented so is Willie Young and Lamarr Houston. Although he is much younger, he just hasn’t shown any flashes of brilliance at all. I mean AT ALL. you would think he would be dominating the third string and rise to play with the two’s but not a word has been mentioned. I mean the pads are not on yet but it’s still something to worry about.