Roquan Smith is the Third-Leading Pro Bowl Vote-Getter Among Linebackers

Roquan Smith has given fans plenty of things to cheer for since joining the Bears as a first-round pick in 2018.

And this year has been no different. Smith leads the Bears in total tackles, ranks second in tackles-for-loss, third in sacks, and even has his first career pick-six (and a cool story to go with it). The Georgia product is stuffing the stat sheet in Year 4 of his pro career, building upon last year’s awesome (and too often overlooked) productivity.

With that being said, it’s good to see that football fans are showing Smith some love at the Pro Bowl ballot box:

The Chicago Bears have three players among the top-10 vote-getters at their respective positions, with Roquan Smith leading the charge. But let’s make sure to keep return specialist Jakeem Grant and pass-rushing outside linebacker Robert Quinn in the discussion. It might not seem like much, but in what has sometimes felt like a lost season, it’s nice to see (1) individuals play at a high level and (2) recognition from folks voting on Pro Bowls. Sure, it’s a popularity contest. But sometimes, the cool kids are deserving of high honors. And when that happens, it’s pretty neat.

Unfortunately, Smith is dealing with a hamstring injury. One serious enough to probably keep him from playing Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. And, yes, one serious enough to likely put him out of action for a few weeks. That’s a shame, because that will likely ding his Pro Bowl chances. The inside linebacker position is top heavy, with Smith producing at a high level. Even still …Bobby Wagner and Fred Warner being up to their usual tricks could push Smith down the ballot. Nevertheless, we can do our part in making sure Smith’s solid season doesn’t go unnoticed.

written by

Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

more bears news

Caleb Williams Offers Update Regarding Rookie Contract Status

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Caleb Williams has yet to sign his rookie contract. And even though Williams provided an update on the situation during his Caleb Cares event on Saturday, there wasn't much of substance. "I'm not handling that," Williams...

Why Are Caleb Williams and Rome Odunze Still Unsigned?

The Chicago Bears' first public training camp practice is three weeks from today. And yet, the team's top two draft picks have yet to sign their rookie contracts. Quarterback Caleb Williams and wide receiver Rome Odunze remain unsigned as of...

New Food Options Coming to Soldier Field, An Odd Quote About Tight End Usage, R.I.P. Jacoby Jones, and Other Bears Bullets

The College Football '25 video game is coming out this week. So if you're curious as to why the group chat isn't as responsive as usual, it'll probably be because folks are getting in the game. There are 56 days...

Bears Countdown Continues, Kreutz, Sanborn, Jaylon, Caleb, and Other Bears Bullets

A Saturday brunch edition of BN Bears Bullets follows this sentence, which I am using as an intro because I don't have much else to say here at this time. The Chicago Bears will host their first open training camp...

I Have A Good Feeling About Teven Jenkins

This is a big year for Chicago Bears offensive lineman Teven Jenkins. So, as you might expect, the 26-year-old left guard is going to extra lengths to prepare for the 2024 NFL season. FOX Sports NFL reporter Carmen Vitali shares...

This is Caleb Williams’ Favorite Play

My second favorite thing about HBO's offseason version of "Hard Knocks" featuring the New York Giants has been how often the Chicago Bears have been tangentially connected. We are two episodes into the off-shoot that gives us a behind-the-scenes look...

Around the NFL: Dak Prescott on Ankle Boot and Contract Talks: Nothing to See, Adams to Tennessee, Goodell on CBS Deal, More

NFL NOTES — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has stated that there is "absolutely nothing" wrong with his right ankle despite being seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot recently. Dak Prescott on Ankle Boot and Contract Talks:...

Darnell Has the Wright Stuff For a Breakout (And Other Bears Bullets)

My apologies for a tardy set of BN Bears Bullets. Every once in a while I wake up with a pounding headache and it really throws my day off. Today is one of those days, so bear with me. Please?...

Defensive Coaching Legend Monte Kiffin is Dead at 84

Monte Kiffin, one of the greatest defensive minds in football history, has passed away at age 84. https://twitter.com/OleMissFB/status/1811530014678212689 Kiffin's coaching career began in 1966 as a Nebraska graduate assistant and included stops throughout college and professional football before coming to...

How Devin Hester and a Lil’ Wayne Song Fueled Rome Odunze’s Bears Fandom

The second installment of the Chicago Bears' "Meet the Rookies" YouTube series stars Rome Odunze. This wide-ranging episode includes all stories from former coaches, anecdotes from a family with a proud Nigerian heritage, and tales from Rome himself. Once again,...

Latest News

How to Watch Swiss Open Gstaad 2024: TV Schedule, Live Stream Links – Tuesday, July 16

The schedule at Roy Emerson Arena at the Swiss Open Gstaad on July 16 includes six matches in the round of 32, among them Pedro Cachin (No. 117 ranking) against Matteo Berrettini (No. 59). If you're searching for how to...

Heide vs. Napolitano Prediction at the Swiss Open Gstaad – Tuesday, July 16

In the Swiss Open Gstaad Round of 32 on Tuesday, No. 185-ranked Gustavo Heide meets No. 129 Stefano Napolitano.Heide is favored (-115) in this matchup, compared to the underdog Napolitano, who is -110.Swiss Open Gstaad InfoTournament: The Swiss Open GstaadRound:...

Halys vs. Gasquet Prediction at the Swiss Open Gstaad – Tuesday, July 16

In the Round of 32 at the Swiss Open Gstaad on Tuesday, Richard Gasquet (ranked No. 125) meets Quentin Halys (No. 220).Gasquet is the favorite (-125) in this match, compared to the underdog Halys, who is +100.Swiss Open Gstaad InfoTournament:...

How to Watch Hall of Fame Open 2024: TV Schedule, Live Stream Links – Tuesday, July 16

No. 96-ranked Mackenzie McDonald will play No. 77 Rinky Hijikata on July 16 at International Tennis Hall of Fame, the highlight of a three-match slate at the Hall of Fame Open (round of 32). Head to ESPN for the live...

Zverev vs. de Jong Prediction at the Hamburg European Open – Tuesday, July 16

In the Round of 32 at the Hamburg European Open on Tuesday, Alexander Zverev (ranked No. 4) takes on Jesper de Jong (No. 120).Zverev carries -1250 odds to beat de Jong (+650).Hamburg European Open InfoTournament: The Hamburg European OpenRound: Round...

Alves vs. Lajovic Prediction at the Hamburg European Open – Tuesday, July 16

Felipe Alves (No. 145 ranking) will face Dusan Lajovic (No. 56) in the Round of 32 of the Hamburg European Open on Tuesday, July 16.Lajovic is getting -155 odds to beat Alves (+120).Hamburg European Open InfoTournament: The Hamburg European OpenRound:...

How to Watch 32nd Palermo Ladies Open 2024: TV Schedule, Live Stream Links – Tuesday, July 16

At Country Time Club on July 16, No. 8-ranked Qinwen Zheng will play No. 86 Sara Errani, highlighting a 11-match slate in the 32nd Palermo Ladies Open round of 32. For the live stream, head to ESPN.Watch tennis, other live...

Chicago Cubs Select Third Baseman Cam Smith in the First Round

In the first round of the 2024 MLB Draft, with the 14th overall pick, the Chicago Cubs tonight selected Florida State third baseman Cam Smith. They did not overthink things. They simply took a very, very good bat who was...

Topalova vs. Sorribes Tormo Prediction at the Hungarian Grand Prix – Monday, July 15

No. 234-ranked Gergana Topalova will face No. 59 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the Hungarian Grand Prix Round of 32 on Monday, July 15.In this match against Topalova (+450), Sorribes Tormo is the favorite with -714 odds.Hungarian Grand Prix InfoTournament: The...

Svajda vs. Paire Prediction at the Hall of Fame Open – Monday, July 15

In the Round of 32 at the Hall of Fame Open on Monday, Benoit Paire (ranked No. 160) faces Zachary Svajda (No. 119).With -556 odds, Svajda is the favorite against Paire (+350) for this matchup.Hall of Fame Open InfoTournament: The...

more bears news