3 Players to Watch in Chicago Bears Hall of Fame Game
3. Kylie Fitts
The most glaring weakness on the Bears roster is also one of the most pivotal; pass rusher.
Kylie Fitts was taken in the sixth round in a draft not really heralded for its vast quantity of guys that get after the quarterback. Fitts was taken as a developmental project that could one day start opposite former first-round pick, Leonard Floyd.
Due to Aaron Lynch appearing as though his injury history will continue to linger and no other noteworthy rushers on the roster, the Utah product may be asked to step in sooner than expected.
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The interesting aspect of Fitts is that he is not your typical sixth-round pick, but one of those guys who assuredly had first or second-round talent, but injuries have set his draft stock back significantly.
Fitts has all the intangibles perfect for a 3-4 pass rushing linebacker. He is 6’4 around 270 pounds, has long arms, good speed at a 4.69 forty-time, and has good character off the field. No one gets healthier in terms of injury susceptibility as time goes, especially when your job is to crash into other 200-pound men. But Kylie has withstood the initial wear and tear of the NFL so far, and that’s all we have to rely on.
Nagy notices how Kylie brings it all with every play in practice but had to tell him to take it easy after Fitts almost knocked into Mitch Trubisky on one play.
“I think Kylie is having a really good camp so far. The kid plays extremely hard. I sometimes have to remind him to stay away from the quarterback with the throwing motion. He actually came up to me after practice and apologized for it”.
Could Kylie Fitts be another one of those late-round gems that Ryan Pace has consistently found such as Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, and Tarik Cohen. Thursday’s game will help give some insight into that answer.