Nick Kwiatkoski gets a chance to show off Bears’ depth vs. Buccaneers

13 Sep , 2017 Sports

When Nick Kwiatkoski made his first NFL start at inside linebacker in Week 3 against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium last season, he didn’t last long. He only played 18 of 68 defensive snaps.

“It was something I wasn’t proud of. But you’ve got to start somewhere,” Kwiatkoski said.

The fourth-round draft pick from West Virginia improved from there. He ended up starting the final six games of the season in place of Jerrell Freeman (suspension) and Danny Trevathan (knee injury) and was much better than his debut. He had five tackles-for-loss in the final five games.

Now Kwiatkoski will get a chance to show just how much he’s improved since then when he starts for injured veteran Jerrell Freeman against the Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Freeman was put on injured reserve Tuesday and will have surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the Bears’ 23-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday in the season opener at Soldier Field. He could return after eight weeks, but likely is out for the season.

This will be the biggest test of the Bears’ roster depth after injuries greased the skids for a 3-13 season in 2016. The …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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