Bear Down: Chicago’s Building Blocks for 2016

Kyle Fuller is a young cornerback that had a good rookie year, but had a rocky season his sophomore year in the NFL. Early in the season, Fuller was getting beat and often looked lost. As the season went on Fuller got better in coverage and was not getting beat as often, as he understood the system better. Granted, he was not what he was in his rookie season when he recorded four interceptions and forced three fumbles. This season, Fuller only had two interceptions.

Adrian Amos isn’t what many would call ‘sexy,’ but he does get the job done. Amos was a fifth round pick in 2015. He didn’t have any turnovers, although he didn’t let opposing players make their highlight reel with him either. Amos was very solid in coverage and was a nice safety blanket. He did have one sack on the year, bringing down Brock Osweiler for the Broncos at the time for a seven-yard loss.

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Eddie Goldman has already been declared a building piece for the future by Vic Fangio. Eddie can push his blockers back into the quarterback’s face or run right past them for the sack. Goldman had four and a half sacks on the season and looked good against the run. He can shred his blocks and make the tackle on opposing running backs such as Eddie Lacy running down hill as a bowling ball.

Pernell McPhee is a bit older than the rest of the guys on here, but he seems to be the leader of this defense at 26 years old. McPhee only had seven sacks on the season but suffered a high ankle sprain about midway through the year. The sprain dropped his play time by nearly 50 percent after Week 8. The sprain also had a noticeable effect on his play as he had five sacks in seven games before the sprain.

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