Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
It seems like a lot of media and fans expect Jaylon Johnson to start opposite Kyle Fuller at cornerback this year. Personally, I don’t think that’s a slam dunk because I feel it will be difficult for any rookies to come in and start, at least immediately, after not having any offseason practices. My question is do you think that former CFL player Tre Roberson has a chance to earn that starting job?
Yes, I do believe that Tre Roberson will have an opportunity to compete for and win the starting position at cornerback vacated by the release of veteran Prince Amukamara. Roberson signed with the Bears way back in January after spending the last two seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. He helped the Stampeders win the Grey Cup in 2018 and followed last season by recording seven interceptions and returning two of them for touchdowns. Roberson played quarterback in college at Indiana and Illinois State, so he’s still new to the cornerback position. But the Bears are intrigued by his ball skills. Asked about Roberson during a recent video call with the media, Bears defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend said: “The plays that he was able to make in Canada, those are things that are natural, those are things that you can’t teach. For me, I’m excited to get a chance to see him move around, see his natural playmaking ability and see if I can help mold him.”
I believe that veteran NFL guard Larry Warford remains unsigned. Do you think the Bears will consider adding him to their roster?
Bears general manager Ryan Pace and his staff are always monitoring avenues to improve the roster at all positions. But judging from what coach Matt Nagy said during a video conference with the media in early June, it does not seem like the Bears are going to sign former Lions and Saints guard Larry Warford. Said Nagy: “I know Ryan and his guys, they look at everything and then we discuss it, and that’s not something where we’re at. We love where we’re at with all of our guys and we feel like Ryan and his staff of personnel guys and our coaches have just tackled this offseason really well between the draft and free agency. We’re so far into this thing we feel really good about it.”
If you could pick one player from the past (in his prime) that could possibly aid the 2020 Bears in reaching the Super Bowl, who would that player be and why?
Burnsville, North Carolina
That’s an easy question for me to answer, Mike. I’d definitely select Walter Payton. It’s not a knock on the running backs currently on the Bears roster. But just that, in my opinion, Sweetness is the greatest player I’ve ever seen and would provide the biggest boost to the 2020 Bears or any other team for that matter. Payton would excel in coach Matt Nagy’s offense as both a rusher and receiver out of the backfield. He was also a very willing and skilled blocker who would make all of his teammates better.
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