1. Eddie Goldman has Slimmed Down, Looks Ferocious
Everyone knows that Ryan Pace and John Fox are building up the Bears into contenders through the defense. This past offseason the focus was to build up the defense’s interior.
The Bears brought in Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman to line up behind Eddie Goldman and signed Akiem Hicks and drafted Jonathan Bullard to line up on either side of him.
Hicks looked impressive in minicamp and the Bears are ecstatic with how he performed. But they are even more thrilled with Goldman who lost 15 pounds and is more agile, yet just as strong.
Goldman’s biggest problem last season was his conditioning, forcing him out of games frequently and only playing in roughly half of the defensive snaps. If Goldman can stay on the field more with the talent around him significantly better, he could be in line for his first Pro Bowl selection in just his second year.