If the Giants could have any player off the roster of this week’s opponent, who would you take?
To get this out of the way, no, that isn’t a trick question. Then again, maybe it ought to be. The love-hate relationship between Chicago and Jay Cutler has hit rock bottom and the Bears are in complete disarray. Robert Zeglinski and our friends over at Windy City Gridiron are already listing candidates for head coach John Fox’s replacement.
To make matters worse, the Bears will be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The team announced on Monday that Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
None of this stopped Bears’ linebacker Pernell McPhee from making a bold declaration about Sunday’s matchup.
"We gonna tear their ass up. I don’t care what everybody else did. We gonna sack him. He can throw the ball as many times as he wants — we gonna sack him. I’m gonna make sure of that."
Got your attention? Now take a look around and realize: the Bears’ defense is ranked 11th in total yards allowed (341.2) and eighth in sacks (24). So it’s not all bad.
Rookie running back Jordan Howard isn’t so bad, either. Since getting his shot, after Jeremy Langford went down with an injury, Howard has topped 100 yards rushing in four of his last six games. And he’s making the most of his opportunities. His 5.3 yards per rush are second in the NFL (Jay Ajayi, 5.7) among backs with at least 60 carries. If nothing else in 2016, the Bears have found their future at running back. And I’ve found the Bear I’d add to the Giants’ roster.
Read the case for the others below.
Alshon Jeffery, WR
Discounting his four-game suspension, Jefferey is arguable the Bears’ best player. Injuries have slowed him some over the past two seasons, but defenses still have to account for where he is on the field.
Jerrell Freeman, LB
A stalwart in his five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Freeman leads the Bears in tackles and tackles for loss.
Willie Young, LB
Young leads Chicago in sacks this season with 6.5. He’s paced the Bears’ pass rush with 23 sacks since he arrived in 2014.
Danny Trevathan, LB
The Bears’ top free-agent signing is rounding into form after early-season thumb surgery. He’s one of the league’s more complete linebackers, strong against the run and in coverage.
Zach Miller, TE
Miller won’t overwhelm anyone as a blocker or receiver, but neither do the Giants’ tight ends. He’s an effort guy with the prototypical Eli Manning-TE size at 6-foot-5, 243 pounds.
Leonard Floyd, LB/DE
Floyd has to be on the list. He is, after all, the guy many expected the Giants to draft this spring before the Bears moved ahead of the Giants to select him ninth overall.