Chicago Bears: 5 most consistent players during 2018 NFL Preseason

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Offensive Tackle Rashaad Coward

Everyone loves an underdog. On top of that, people just love great stories, and Rashaad Coward has given us just that. At one point an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion, Coward came to the Bears as a defensive lineman looking to make the roster.

Now in his second year, Coward has made the switch from defense to offense. It’s a switch you see every once and a while, but at the NFL level it can be incredibly difficult to pull off. Typically, it takes a good chunk of time for a player to evolve to where their new position looks natural.

For Coward, it’s taken approximately four months — that’s stunning.

I would like to first point out that, yes, Coward has had a couple of moments on tape this preseason where he’s been caught off guard. He has had a few plays where he was beaten. I’ll save all of the critics out there some time.

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However, I’d venture to say that about 90 percent of the time, Coward has looked like a more-than-serviceable offensive tackle in the NFL. With Bradley Sowell‘s health up in the air at the moment, Coward could — and should — be a huge part of this roster going forward. He might end up being the only pure reserve tackle the Bears have.

Coward’s preseason has been phenomenal — period. He’s not only looked the part, but he’s earned it. He’s earned every last bit of his roster spot — and yes, I have him making the roster. Piece of cake.