4. Aaron Lynch
Every Chicago Bears fan is looking at old tweets, text messages and thinking back on conversations in August and just laughing. Back in August Aaron Lynch-known for his injury history-was, you guessed it, injured.
Most saw him being cut. Others questioned why he would even stay. What use is he on the sidelines? Then the regular season started. Lynch has been healthy, he has played, and he has been effective.
Lynch has three sacks this year. He has three tackles for loss and eight quarterback hits as well. When adding his sacks and hits, he is getting home at least once per game. Adding in that he usually plays half of the team’s defensive snaps only makes his impact more noticeable.
This presents the same idea as Nichols. You have Khalil Mack, the bruising force. You have Leonard Floyd, the speed player who can roam around in coverage to mix things up. Now, with Aaron Lynch, the Chicago Bears have the depth behind them to keep those two rested, and keep a consistent down to down pass rush.
If Lynch can continue to stay healthy, his impact and signing will be looked back at as extremely underrated in making a push.