The Chicago Bears just capped off their best season since 2010 and the postseason accolades are rolling in. The Pro Football Focus Top 101 Players list has been slowly revealed this week and the Bears have two more added to the four announced from earlier this week.
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66) CB - Kyle Fuller
81) NB - Bryce Callahan
88) NT - Eddie Goldman
100) CB - Prince Amukamara
And here are the two latest Bears making the PFF 101.
11. AKIEM HICKS, CHICAGO BEARS
Top 101 appearances: 2
Hicks finished the regular season as the fourth-highest graded interior defensive linemen and held top 10 marks in both pressures and stops. His effect on the game didn’t stop there, however, as he also batted five passes and chipped in by forcing three fumbles, all from the interior of the defensive line.
The secret is now out with how good a player he is and with how engaging a personality he has. Hicks’ profile has gone up on a national scale with his first Pro Bowl appearance and with the time he spent with various media outlets during Super Bowl week.
Hicks and Goldman make up a large and ferocious duo for new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to work with, but Pagano will also enjoy scheming things up for the other Bear on the PFF list.
14. EDDIE JACKSON, CHICAGO BEARS
Top 101 appearances: New entry
Simply put, Jackson’s body of work across his 589 coverage snaps this year has been some of the best that we’ve ever seen from a safety. In his 14 regular-season games, Jackson’s performance in coverage earned a coverage grade of 94.7 which not only led all defensive players in the NFL this year, but it’s tied for the best mark ever recorded by a safety in the PFF era (2006-present).
Pagano has worked with one Hall Of Fame safety in his career, Ed Reed, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with Jackson in 2019.
I can’t help but notice a certain Macktactular player missing from the list, so I wonder if we’ll be seeing a seventh Bears’ defender in the top 10 of the PFF top 101?
Also, looking ahead to next season, would you expect to see any offensive Bears break through to make their cut?