The NFL's off season has become list season for the numerous networks, publications and websites that trot out their annual rankings of this, that and the other thing. One thing it does provide however, is good conversation for those of us that want to talk football all year long.
The latest list we'll spotlight is from Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist of CBS Sports. He ranks the Top 100 Players in the NFL and he has 3 Chicago Bears on his list. Here are those Bears...
99. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: His numbers were down some from 2013, but he still caught 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns. His average per catch was down from 16.0 to 13.3, which is concerning.
I'm not that concerned with his yards per catch, because he played in an offense that led the league in wide receiver screens last year and he was slowed for much of the season with a hamstring injury. The injury could have caused him to put on a little bad weight, so a healthy and well conditioned Jeffery should be able to pick up his play in Adam Gase's offense.
81. Kyle Long, G, Chicago Bears: He has been to two Pro Bowls in two years and is quickly emerging as one of the better guards in the league. With a little more experience, he will be dominant. He is already outstanding in pass protection.
I think Long will thrive in the new offensive scheme if he remains at guard. O-Line coach Dave Magazu will utilize a zone blocking scheme, but he's also worked in some power blocking into what he does. Long's athleticism and strength makes him a unique talent.
70. Pernell McPhee, OLB, Chicago Bears: The Bears signed him as a free agent from the Ravens where he was used as a situational player. He can line up outside, inside, up or down, which was key to his success. With the Bears, he will be a 3-4 rush linebacker, which should help his sack numbers.
McPhee making this list just goes to show you how much he's thought of nationally as a player. Even though he had a good season in Baltimore last year (7.5 sacks), his top 100 ranking speaks more to the potential people see in him. The Bears are already tinkering with lining him all around their new 3-4 defense.
What are your thoughts on these three Bears excelling in 2015? Do you agree or do you think too much is expected from them?