Chicago Bears: Week 1 Offensive, Defensive, and Rookie MVPs

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Chicago Bears, Khalil Herbert
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Chicago Bears Special Teams and Rookie MVP: Khalil Herbert

Going into the week, I really had no idea who I was going to pick for rookie MVP. Not a single Bears rookie started on offense or defense this week, so it made it difficult to find a difference-maker in that group.  Larry Borom was forced into action before leaving the game injured, and Justin Fields had a few offensive snaps, including a touchdown. Ultimately, I settled on running back and kick-returner Khalil Herbert.

As much as I love Justin Fields, I don’t know if two completions for 10 yards and a three-yard run is enough to make him the most valuable rookie for the week. I’m sure we will see Fields take this award at some point, but Herbert will get it for week one.

Khalil Herbert made the most of his opportunities on special teams

Herbert won the starting kick returner job this preseason and showcased his home run hitting ability when he took the opening kickoff for 50 yards. Herbert’s big return gave the Bears great starting field position, and even if the offense wasn’t able to capitalize, that was the most impressive play from a Bears rookie opening night.

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Herbert finished the night with 106 total return yards. Although replacing legendary kick returner Cordarelle Patterson will not be easy, Herbert’s special teams ability could prove to be very valuable to Chicago.