With that in mind, it’s fair to take a healthy dose of skepticism into Thursday night’s Bears preseason opener against the Ravens and to keep it throughout the exhibition season.
Over the years there have been some really eye-opening performances by Bears players in the preseason … players who never really made it. Here are a few Bears preseason heroes of years past you might have forgotten about who can serve as a reminder that August stats don’t always translate into the regular season.
(NFL preseason statistics go back to the 2000 season, so we limited it to players from that year up through 2017.)
DT Jarron Gilbert — 2010
The infamous pool jumper was a third-round pick in 2009, and Gilbert tied Julius Peppers and Mark Anderson for the team lead in preseason sacks the next year with two, adding a forced fumble as well. His promise was high, but one of former GM Jerry Angelo’s least-successful draft picks never could crack the DL rotation. Gilbert, who only played in five regular-season games for the Bears, and fellow 2009 third-rounder WR Juaquin Iglesias were cut on the same day in late August 2010.