Getting to Know the 2020 Chicago Bears: Linebackers

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Getting to Know the 2020 Chicago Bears: Linebackers

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Training camp is scheduled for July 28, and for the first time in 18 years, the Chicago Bears won’t be in Bourbonnais. And because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans won’t be allowed to attend practices at Halas Hall, either. With camp approaching, let’s take an early look at who’s on the team right now.

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Today: Linebackers

The Starters:

Danny Trevathan

•   2019 stats: 1 sack, 4 QB Hits, 70 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 61.9 grade from Pro Football Focus in 9 games

Roquan Smith

•   2019 stats: 2 sacks, 2 QB Hits, 101 tackles, 5 tackles-for-loss, 52.4 grade from Pro Football Focus in 12 games

The Backups:

•   Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Josh Woods, Rashad Smith

What to Watch For:

Can the Bears’ starters make it through the year fully healthy?

It’s a “prove it” year for Roquan Smith. Last season ended with a stint on injured reserve. But when he is healthy, Smith is solid in the middle. Stacking a third consecutive quality season will make it an easy decision to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

And then there’s Danny Trevathan. The 30-year-old has played just one full 16-game season in his four-year career with the Bears. There’s no doubting Trevathan’s skills or importance in the middle of the Bears’ defense. It’s just that his value can’t be realized if he isn’t healthy.

We Really Like:

Watching Trevathan play inside is a treat:

We Might Be Worried About:

The inexperience behind the starters is concerning. Chicago rolled through four different starting linebackers, getting down to Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis by the end of season. That’s because neither Roquan Smith nor Danny Trevathan played all 16 games. Which brings us to another potential trouble spot.

2020 Forecast:

There is plenty to feel good about at the position, especially if Smith and Trevathan stay healthy. Teaming Smith’s youth, athleticism, and playmaking ability with Trevathan’s leadership and intangibles should make for a formidable tandem. However, it could be problematic if either misses an extended amount of time because of injuries. And if both players get bitten by the injury bug, then it could be particularly troublesome for the middle of Chicago’s defense.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.