The Bears are dealing with injuries at several positions, including wide receiver and cornerback, that are allowing some roster bubble players opportunities to make an impression.
With Chicago down three of their top five wideouts, it was veteran Tajae Sharpe who took advantage of his opportunities during Saturday’s practice. He caught some tough passes in traffic both in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7.
“When you have a guy step up like that, that’s awesome,” Eberflus said. “That’s what it’s all about, right? Guys go down, guys step up and Tajae did a nice job. We’re excited to have him back. He’s back now and he looks good in the drills, and like you said, made a couple nice plays.”
The Bears are also down three notable cornerbacks in rookie Kyler Gordon, Kindle Vildor and Duke Shelley, which opened the door for Tavon Young, Lamar Jackson and Greg Stroman Jr. to get more reps.
It’s not ideal — and the hope is that those injured players get back sooner rather than later — but it’s a good opportunity for some of these players looking to prove themselves.