Chicago Bears: Players who can earn roster spot against Chiefs

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Cornerback Michael Joseph

One of the things that has stuck out to me over the course of training camp and the preseason is how far cornerbacks Marcus Cooper and Sherrick McManis have fallen. It seems as though the Bears have kept McManis around for a bit due to his value on special teams, which is fine. But, as for Cooper, he hasn’t shown a whole lot to like.

The Bears have a couple of young corners fighting for spots this year, and one of them is a former All-American out of Dubuque — Michael Joseph.

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Joseph had a strong training camp and, although he went undrafted, he has shown exactly why he belongs in the NFL. He’s a strong tackler, for the most part, and plays aggressively. Now, Joseph has had a couple of tough moments in the preseason as well. He has a missed tackle on film against the Ravens which stood out big time.

But, he also has put some fantastic moments on film, and I think he gets a real shot to make this roster if he can show out against the Chiefs. Beyond the Bears’ top three corners in Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara and Bryce Callahan, the Bears would love for key depth pieces to emerge in the final two preseason games. Joseph can offer the team just that — and it helps that he’s young.