The Bears are 5-3 coming into this Sunday showdown against division rivals the Detroit Lions. Before the Bears do battle against the 2nd best team record wise, we take a look at another edition of the Chicago Bears Huddle Stock Report.
Bears Offensive Line Stock: Rising
For the past 3 games, the offensive line have been stellar keeping Quarterback Jay Cutler upright while also open up running lanes for Running Backs Matt Forte and Marion Barber. Lance Louis has done a superb job filling in for Gabe Carimi at Right Tackle who is still bothered with a knee injury. The interior line that was once a vast flaw in years past has become a strength. Roberto Garza transition from Guard to Center has gone smoothly, and OG's Chris Williams and Chris Spencer has done an outstanding job in pass protection and run blocking. J’Marcus Webb did a nice job neutralizing one of the better pass rushers in the game in Trent Cole this past Monday; showing that he can be left at times on an island with an elite pass rusher.
Matt Spaeth Stock: Rising
Continuing with blocking, Tight End Matt Spaeth might be the Bears best free agent pick up this season. As a blocker, he has been brilliant displaying fantastic agility to stay with Defensive Ends in pass protection combine that with the power he displays in the run blocking department. The argument can be made that Spaeth is the best Bears pick-up this year as he plays a prominent part in this Bears offense this season.
Roy Williams Stock: Neutral
There’s been good Roy Williams where he has made some decent catches over the middle, and done a great job run blocking from the Wide Receiver position. The bad has been the drop passes the last two games with the most notable one being the 60 yard pass that went right thru his hands. Williams needs to be more consistent as a pass catcher if he wants increase opportunities at the Split End position.
Dane Sanzenbacher Stock: Falling
The return of Earl Bennett has dropped Dane back to the #2 slot man in the offense, but the past 3 weeks Sanzenbacher has struggle with drops. In fact, Sanzenbacher is tops 5 in the league in drops, a disappointment considering he plays sparely. Sanzenbacher needs to pick it up and give Cutler that reliable target in the red zone when Earl went down with an injury.
Tyler Clutts Stock: Rising
Considering that Martz scheme in the past had not utilized a Fullback, when they first signed Tyler Clutts I immediately thought he would be practice squad fodder. So far this season he has far exceeded my expectations. He has done a marvelous job lead blocking for Matt Forte spring boarding some solid runs for the RB's. He also has become an established check down option for Cutler out of the backfield. Clutts is clearly establishing himself as a key contributor with this Bears team.
Tim Jennings Stock: Rising
Tim Jennings has been solid this season for the Bears and in my opinion had his best game of the season against the Eagles this past Monday Night. He bullied DeSean Jackson throughout the game in man coverage and running step for step with him down field. Coming into the season people circle Jennings as the weak link in the secondary, but he is making a case for being the 2nd best Defensive Back on the team.
Anthony Adams Stock: Falling
Adams has been sliding since week 1 where he was losing snaps to Matt Toeaina at the Nose Tackle position. Now not only is he losing snaps to Toeaina (who has return from injury), now he is losing snaps to rookie DT Stephen Paea and was inactive this past Monday. I don’t believe Adams will be inactive for the next game, but Lovie pretty much has sent a message that’s he is on watch.
Amobi Okoye Stock: Neutral
Although coaches would like to see a little more from the 3 technique DT’s, Okoye has shown the last 3 games that he should be getting more snaps at the position. Melton had a decent game Monday night against the Eagles, so he most likely brought himself more time to hold on to his starting spot, but Okoye and Paea are making a case for increase snaps.
Nick Roach Stock: Neutral
Roach has strung together two solid games in a row. Roach has been invisible, but it’s mainly because the Bears play a lot of nickel so Roach is subbed out for DB D.J. Moore. The past Monday, Roach made a lot of impressive tackles in the run game against LeSean McCoy. So for Bears fans, Nick Roach has a pulse; it’s just his snaps are dictated on the opposing teams personnel.
Corey Graham Stock: Rising
If Cory Graham doesn’t make the pro bowl for special teams this year, it will be a damn shame. Graham has been a tremendous in just about every facet of special teams especially as a gunner on punt coverage. Pro Football Focus selected him for their mid-season All-Pro Team this week for special teams.