Chicago Bears: Week three awards after ugly win in Arizona

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Clutch performer of the week: Sherrick McManis

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There are a lot of new faces on the Bears roster this year, but versatile cornerback Sherrick McManis isn’t one of them.

McManis is primarily known as a special teams standout for the Bears. He’s been in Chicago since 2010, making him the longest tenured player on the Bears. He came through in a big way when the team needed him most.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara was forced out of the game in the third quarter due to a hamstring injury. With the team down one of their starting corners, it was time for McManis to step up and make plays. He didn’t disappoint on Sunday.

McManis made a key interception late in the third quarter on a pass that he prevented from hitting the ground. The Cardinals decided to bench Bradford after McManis’ interception. McManis provided a big spark to the Bears, who were still trailing 14-13 when McManis got the pick.

The seasoned veteran also made an impressive tackle on special teams and had a sack of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen on the last play of the game. McManis has a great attitude about his place on the team. After the game, he was clear on how he felt about his usual limited role on defense (Via Chicago Tribune):

"“I take pride in special teams. I don’t look down at it. That’s me. That’s what I do. I’m a special teams player. I’m proud of it. And when I’m out there on defense, I take pride in doing my job.”"

If Amukamara can’t make it back for next week’s game, it could be up to McManis to step up again and help the Bears defense. However he contributes each week, it’s a guarantee that McManis will prepare for the game as a professional and a veteran team leader. He’s a big asset to this roster.

Despite a below-average showing on Sunday, the Bears came away with a win. They’ll face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday in Chicago. Keep checking Da Windy City for news and game coverage of the Bears!