Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Chicago Bears USFL Signing Already Looks Like A Keeper


Roquan Smith not suiting up for the Chicago Bears is unfortunate. However, it has also granted the coaching staff an opportunity to give other linebackers on the roster extra snaps in practice and the preseason. One of the later additions to the roster was a young man named DeMarquis Gates. Hailing from Ole Miss, he’s carved out a unique career. Rather than jump from practice squad to practice squad as a journeyman, Gates has played for different upstart spring leagues, including the AAF, XFL, and most recently, the USFL. He also had a stint in Canada.

Earlier this year, he was the defensive MVP of the eventual champion Birmingham Stallions. That was enough to garner interest from the Bears, who needed more depth at linebacker. Despite arriving late on August 6th, it looks like that didn’t hamper his chances of making the team. In the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, he made an immediate impact with three tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a forced fumble.

Chicago Bears have quite a competition developing.

Gates wasn’t the only linebacker that stood out. Matthew Adams had seven tackles in the game, but the undrafted rookie Jack Sanborn stole the show. He had seven tackles, a tackle for a loss, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a pass defense. People were wondering if the Bears had to make a serious move to help the linebacker position. That may not be the case after what coaches saw on Saturday.

It would be a great story if Gates managed to secure a roster spot. He’s done everything there is to do except that. He was All-XFL, All-USFL, and is now a champion. Yet somehow, the 26-year-old failed in three previous attempts to make the final 53-man lineup. He is off to a great start this time. That preseason debut built some momentum for him. If he can carry it through the next two weeks, his chances of joining the Bears in September become likely.


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Aug 15, 2022 10:28 pm

Roquan might want to reconsider the offer. Dude is in a bad place with his actions. Teams will think twice now before trading for him if he Poles even considers it. Bears may be just fine without him. Draft a high pick LB fit for the D next year.

Aug 15, 2022 8:10 am

They sure didn’t miss Roquan today. I hope he gets the contract he wants and returns but until then we are not without subs.

Gator Joe
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Aug 15, 2022 7:25 am

Interesting that 3 different LB’s looked so good in the game. Sanborn looked fit and plenty fast enough to contribute. Adams quietly had a nice game. Gates looked like a pro’s pro to my eyes, especially with his run fits.

Aug 14, 2022 5:23 pm

One has to wonder if R Smith is watching his value take a real hit. While he may be the more talented of LBs on the roster, this action shows exactly why there is a limit to his overall value. A good wake-up call for R Smith to pay serious attention to.

Aug 14, 2022 9:46 am

Hey Roquan,
Goo-ood Bye!

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