The Chicago Bears fell victim to the injury bug in certain areas. Losing Khalil Herbert to injured reserve hurt the Bears' offense. While Jaylon Johnson was out, the defense needed help. Now that Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith are gone, the defense is a huge weakness.
We aren't accustomed to the stout Chicago defense being such a liability. But as the season progresses, GM Ryan Poles has to fill some depth roles on this team, and he's already at it.
Bears Signing Defensive Back Breon Borders
The Bears signed defensive back Breon Borders to the practice squad.
Breon Borders is a five-year NFL veteran. The 27-year-old out of Duke has had a tumultuous career playing for five different teams: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Washington, Tennessee, and Arizona.
Borders started six of the 31 games he played and five of them came in 2020 with the Titans. When he got opportunities in Tennessee, he produced. He notched one interception in five passes defended and had 22 of his 35 solo tackles.
Running Back Depth?
According to Jason Lieser, the Bears had a tryout at the running back position on Tuesday: the NIU product Clint Ratkovich.
Ratkovich had a solid 2021 season. He took 105 carries for 461 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. As the power back in a healthy NIU backfield, Clint Ratkovich did his job.
The Chicago Bears have six games remaining in 2022. As Ryan Poles continues to work with an evolving roster, health becomes the most crucial component. Depth signings at any position are wise at this point of a losing season.