Chicago Bears: 5 bold predictions for the roster amidst training camp

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2. Chicago Bears outside linebacker Robert Quinn loses his job

When the Bears signed Robert Quinn a little over a year ago, some wondered why they did so. On the surface, they didn’t need to shell out that kind of cash to another edge rusher. Although, pairing Quinn with Khalil Mack figured to be a deadly combo.

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Quinn entered the 2020 season without being fully healthy, and no one really knows if he ever got himself to full strength last year. He ended up with just 2.0 sacks on the season, yet still graded out as one of the more disruptive pass rushers via Pro Football Focus.

Already this offseason, Quinn was nursing a lower back issue. For fans who were hoping to see a healthy version in 2021, Quinn is not giving them much hope.

The Bears have a couple of guys behind Quinn who could step in and contribute if he were to miss any time, but more importantly, there’s one player that could end up taking the job from him.

Veteran Jeremiah Attaochu, formerly of the Denver Broncos, was an underrated signing this offseason. He’s a solid rotational pass rusher who hasn’t been a full-time starter throughout his career. Yet, he’s filled in and started a few games here and there over the years.

If Quinn’s back issue lingers even for just a little while this summer, Attaochu could swoop in and take the job. It doesn’t matter what Quinn is getting paid. If he’s not completely healthy and can’t I’ve the Bears 100 percent, then Attaochu may take his job.