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Four Bears Make the PFF Top 50-101

The first 51 players of PFF’s Top 101 players includes Bears’ Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Eddie Goldman, and Prince Amukamara.

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Apparently we didn’t have to wait very long for list season this year. A mere two days removed from the Super Bowl, PFF has already begun releasing their list of the Top 101 players. They’re releasing the list in 25-player chunks, but the first 51 players have revealed that 4 Bears made their list: Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Eddie Goldman, and Prince Amukamara.

Here’s what they had to say about each:

66. KYLE FULLER, CHICAGO BEARS

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Fuller wrapped up his fourth season in the Chicago Bears’ secondary following the loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs, and it was arguably the best of his young NFL career. He logged a whopping 20 combined pass breakups and interceptions on the year and allowed a paltry 66.6 passer rating on throws into his coverage.

Fuller had his best season as a Bear this year, making the contract Ryan Pace recently gave him look well worth it. Fuller consistently played his man well and punished QBs for throwing at him, hauling in 7 INTs. It could’ve been 8, but oh well.

81. BRYCE CALLAHAN, CHICAGO BEARS

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Once an afterthought, the importance of the slot cornerback has begun to come to light in recent seasons, and Callahan was one of the best in 2018. All told, Callahan allowed a passer rating of just 78.9 on throws into his slot coverage, good for seventh among players at the position.

Callahan received the first of what will likely be many nods for his stellar play throughout the year. Considering his versatility in blitz packages as well as his coverage skills, Callahan is no-doubt a priority to bring back this offseason.

88. EDDIE GOLDMAN, CHICAGO BEARS

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Goldman capped off a career year in Chicago with an overall grade of 89.2 – almost 15 points higher than his previous career best. In a tremendous season, Goldman was at his best against the run, where he racked up 27 run stops from 211 run-defense snaps.

Goldman’s name didn’t get called often during the 2018 Bears’ season, but that’s a good trait to have in a nose tackle. Goldman consistently plugged holes in the running game, adding 3 sacks and a huge safety along the way. He’s the stereotypical player that makes the right play consistently rather than a big play occasionally.

100. PRINCE AMUKAMARA, CHICAGO BEARS

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Plagued by injuries throughout most of his career, Amukamara makes the list with a career-best 81.0 overall grade this season, including playoffs. He allowed an 81.9 passer rating when targeted in coverage with 10 combined pass breakups and interceptions. He was also great in run support with a 90.5 run defense grade, third-best at the cornerback position.

When your #1 CB is as good as Kyle Fuller is, your #2 CB has to be capable or the defense will struggle. Thankfully, Amukamara provided the “yang” to Fuller’s “yin” in 2018. A more hands-on CB, Amukamara spent the season using his physicality to blow WRs off their routes and cause havoc all over the defense. While this resulted in more than a few DPI calls, Amukamara brought much more positives to the Bears D than negatives.

And there you have it! These four Bears are the first to be placed on PFF’s Top 101 list. PFF will continue to release more players over time (finishing this friday), so we’ll update this as more Bears are named.