Teez Tabor - A 2017 Second-Round Pick - Is Joining the Bears' Practice Squad

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Teez Tabor – A 2017 Second-Round Pick – Is Joining the Bears’ Practice Squad

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With two starting cornerbacks missing Wednesday’s practice, the Bears were due to add an extra body to the mix to cover their bases if worst-case scenarios play out. Let’s face it. Projecting returns for Jaylon Johnson (right shoulder) and Buster Skrine (concussion) isn’t a cut-and-dry process.

But at least help in the form of depth is on the way:

Chicago signed cornerback Teez Tabor to its practice squad. He replaces receiver Reggie Davis, who was moved to Injured Reserve with an undisclosed injury. Getting Tabor on board at this time makes him eligible for promotion to the game day roster without using a 53-man roster spot. In other words, while I don’t expect the Bears to thrust Tabor into duty, they could do so without sacrificing someone on their active roster. Simply put, having options is good. And Tabor provides just that — another option.

Tabor, who turns 25 on December 31, was a second-round pick by the Lions in 2017. The 53rd overall selection in that class played 22 games (5) starts in two seasons with Detroit, but wasn’t the type of impact player one would expect from a second-rounder. In fact, Tabor’s struggles are notable. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2018 posted a 143.3 passer rating. And it’s not as if Tabor has a ton of game experience. He played on just 28 percent of the Lions’ defensive snaps in 2018. That’s is slightly more than the 18 percent he appeared in as a rookie in 2017. As a point of comparison, Jaylon Johnson played more than 90 percent of the Bears’ defensive snaps as a rookie corner this year before missing last week’s game with his injury. Good rookie corners tend to play. A lot. Just saying.

The Tabor signing isn’t all that inspiring. But we’re talking about slim pickings at this point of the season. So in the interest of fairness, at least the Bears landed someone with enough of a prospect pedigree to make him potentially a worthwhile reclamation project. Chicago’s secondary coaches deserve credit for getting the likes of Johnson, Duke Shelley, and Kindle Vildor up to speed. If they can turn Tabor into a success story, that would be a treat. But for now, his presence is nothing more than reserve depth.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.