Before Bears DT Dusty Dvoracek was officially ruled out for the season with a torn ACL, Matt Toeaina was a player likely to be out of a job. But somehow the third year pro from the University of Oregon has stuck around again. In two seasons with the Bears Toeania has played in four games, recording six tackles.
The Bears have veteran Anthony Adams and up and coming star Marcus Harrison at the top of the depth chart at nose tackle. Look for Toeania to get a lot of work because the Bears like to rotate players around during games to keep them fresh.
Personally I like Matt Toeaina, I’m glad he finally has a shot to contribute for this team, it’s a shame Dusty keeps getting injured because he is a hard worker, but it looks like he won’t be returning next season and if Toeaina takes advantage of this opportunity he could be a big part of the rotation at nose tackle next season.
Matt Toeaina had this to say about Dusty’s injury and his opportunity to play:
“I hate to see this happen to Dusty again, but I’ve definitely got to take advantage of the opportunity, I’ve got to go out there and just have fun and prove to the coaches that I am capable of contributing to this team.”
“It’s definitely tough, the main thing is trying to stay patient and positive at the same time because everybody has their time and when your [number] is called you’ve definitely got to take advantage of it. My opportunities have been limited, but like they say, ‘You can’t count your reps; you’ve got to make your reps count.”
Look for Matt Toeaina to be a solid contributor on the defense this season and if not the Bears might look for someone else to fill his role.
all quotes from chicagobears.com