Pro Football Focus has revealed their All-Pro first and second teams, and the Chicago Bears had three players make the grade. Khalil Mack and Cordarrelle Patterson made their first team while Allen Robinson II made their second team.
Here’s what they said about Mack.
The pressure and sack numbers don’t tell the full story of Khalil Mack’s dominance this season. He earned one of the highest PFF pass-rushing grades of any edge rusher but a relatively average 61 total pressures. He also has 40 pass-rush wins that didn’t get a chance to become pressure because the ball came out before the quarterback had a chance to feel the heat Mack was about to apply. In addition to his pass-rush prowess, Mack has been back to his dominant best against the run and is a true case study in tape over statistics this year.
The money stat for outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense is sacks, and Mack only had 9 this year, but like PFF said, stats don’t tell the whole story. Mack was a terror for the Bears at outside linebacker all year long by drawing extra blockers, setting the edge, freeing up his teammates, and being the guy opposing offenses have to game plan around.
Patterson has been one of the best return specialists in the history of the game, but he’s also good as a gunner when used there, plus his 85 offensive touches this season were a career high.
Here’s PFF’s take on Patterson.
Cordarrelle Patterson tied the all-time kick-return touchdown record with his eighth score against the Vikings and has an average of 29.9 yards on returns, with by far the highest PFF grade (89.4) when he does bring one out. He was very unlucky in Week 17 not to be rewarded by a really smart play trying to field the ball while he was standing out of bounds to get great field position.
Not sure about their last sentence, because the Bears did get great field position due to Patterson’s heads-up play on the opening kickoff. Teams consistently kickoff to avoid him getting his hands on the ball, because they fear his playmaking ability, but Patterson has a green-light to bring it out of the endzone when ever he feels it.
Robinson made their second team in the offensive flex spot behind the explosive Tyreek Hill.
He ended the year with 150 targets (3rd best in the NFL), 102 receptions (4th), 1,250 yards receiving (8th), and 6 touchdown catches (tied for 21st). He was a model of consistency all season long while the Chicago’s offense was not. In the first 8 games this year, A-Rob went for 50 catches, 631 yards, and 3 TDs, while in the second half of the season it was 52, 619, and 3.
No matter the quarterback, the game flow, the defense, or the situation, Robinson produced in 2020 for the Bears.
Now about his pending free agency...