Each week, theScore will go division by division, highlighting which three players’ performances will most impact their team’s season in 2017.
For the time being, the Bears are Glennon’s team.
After a disastrous 2016 season in which Chicago won just three games, the team signed Tampa Bay’s former backup to a three-year deal that includes a potential out after the first campaign.
The Bears are still in the process of rebuilding from the ground up, so Glennon isn’t necessarily surrounded with talent. To secure a future gig, he’ll have to impress in limited time as Chicago’s starter. The future of the franchise belongs to Mitch Trubisky, but for now it’s in Glennon’s hands.
Until Trubisky takes the field, the Bears’ headliner is a formerly unheralded fifth-round pick who finished second league-wide in rushing last year.
Howard filled in nicely as Chicago’s lead back after the team moved on from Matt Forte, but many doubt he can replicate his rookie season. It’ll take another strong campaign in 2017 for Howard to prove he belongs among the NFL’s best runners.
If the Bears improve upon their three-win showing, Howard will likely have a lot to do with it.
Another super rookie who’s looking to solidify his place in the league is Floyd. He notched seven sacks last year, and could someday etch his name among the long list of linebacking greats who’ve plied their trade at Soldier Field.
Floyd will also be looking to make a similar leap to that of Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks in his second season. Beasley credited veteran Dwight Freeney with unleashing his capabilities, and Floyd will be working alongside Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston to attempt the same.
As a former top-10 draft pick, Floyd is the star the Bears will look to build their defense around. But he first needs to prove he’s worthy of that status.
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