Players who could make surprise impact, Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams: Khalil Herbert
Throughout the preseason, one of the weak links on this Bears team was their lack of effort in one particular area: special teams. Whether it was the punt coverage, kickoff coverage or blocking, special teams was tough to watch.
Leading up to Week 1, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor is likely preaching for some guys to step up. One of those players could end up being rookie Khalil Herbert, who is in line to return kicks for the Bears.
Herbert could have a huge impact on special teams in this one. Last year, the Rams were pretty dreadful on special teams. Per Sports Illustrated’s Rick Gosselin, the Rams were the 30th ranked special teams unit in all of football in 2020.
If there is one area that people don’t expect much from in this game, it’s the Bears’ special teams. After the way they played in preseason, that’s definitely a spot where the team can improve. Last year, the Bears ranked 9th in overall special teams play, so their performance in the preseason was pretty surprising.
Whether it’s Andy Dalton starting the whole way or not, field position will be critical for this offense. Herbert excelled at kickoff returns in college and looks to be the Bears’ top option going into the season.