I'm Absolutely Gushing Over Roquan Smith's Breakout Year

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I’m Absolutely Gushing Over Roquan Smith’s Breakout Year

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In a year where so much has left Bears fans unfulfilled, Roquan Smith is realizing his potential. And that third-year leap must be celebrated.

Fortunately, I know I’m not the only one gushing about Smith’s breakout. So let’s re-live his prime-time excellence from Monday Night Football together:


Smith, 23, is in the midst of a career year. Through 10 games, he has 96 total tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and a forced fumble to his name. If Smith keeps this pace up, he’ll end up with 154 tackles (112 solo!) and 24 tackles-for-loss – a ridiculous 16-game pace that serves as a reminder why the Bears selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At this rate, Pro Bowl and All-Pro consideration won’t be far behind.

Perhaps more importantly, Smith is playing like he deserves to be here for awhile. PFF’s Brad Spielberger serves up a reminder that picking up the fifth-year option on Smith’s rookie deal should be a lay-up. From there, it might not be long until we start discussing an extension to retain Smith as part of this defense’s core. Locking in a star at each level could go a long way toward sustaining success for a group that could have big changes on the horizon. But there’s no need to go down that road just yet. Instead, just soak in Smith’s greatness while you can. As a Bears fan, you deserve something to be happy about.

This has been a Roquan Smith appreciation post. Thank you for your time.

(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Author: Luis Medina

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