The Chicago Bears have a chance to make a push for a playoff spot over the next couple of weeks. These five underrated pieces will play a role in making that happen.
While all of the talks around the Chicago Bears hot start is centered around whether or not Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy are real contenders, the Bears have a talented and deep team.
Trubisky and Nagy lead the show, but the depth of the roster holds them up. With that in mind, who are five players who will not be talked about, but will have the chance to make all of the difference in the Chicago Bears making a playoff push?
5. Bilal Nichols
The fifth-round rookie from Delaware. However, do not let the small school pedigree fool you, Bilal Nichols can play. In fact, he has been trending up all season and has been rewarded for it. If his play can continue, the Bears have something up front.
We all know Akiem Hicks can dominate games. Eddie Goldman is underrated in his own right. However, what makes the Chicago Bears dangerous is that they have three more linemen in which they can rotate behind those two to find success.
Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris are known rotational pieces. However, what was unknown was that Bilal Nichols was going to shine over both and demand a more substantial role in the rotation. Nichols has essentially ascended into being the third starter beside the duo.
So far this year he has 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He is making a real impact in the trenches.
For a team with Khalil Mack, to have five rotational linemen led by a star in Akiem Hicks is extremely dangerous. Bilal Nichols makes this team dangerous.