3 over/unders for Angelo Blackson for Chicago Bears

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2. Over or Under 2.5 sacks

Angelo Blackson would need to top his career in sacks to get over 2.5. He hit 2.5 three times in his NFL career but has not gotten the third sack yet in a season. It is interesting to note that Blackson hit 2.5 sacks as a rookie but then did not again until each of the past two seasons.

That is when he moved to Arizona and saw a bigger role and then found himself in Chicago, once again looking for more playing time. In both situations, it worked out considering he got to 2.5 sacks, and now he is in line for the most playing time of his career.

Still, beyond that, he is getting after the quarterback much more. His 2.5 sacks as a rookie were in cleanup duty, but the past two years were career highs in pressure rate. With the Cardinals, he had a 6% pressure rate, then had a 7.9% pressure rate last season.

At the rate that he has been progressing, he is clearly going to go over here. He is going to get more snaps, and he is getting home more often. The one question would be whether the increase in playing time starts to hit a breaking point.

He is good in that rotational role and may have found his perfect spot. Still, now asking him to be the Akiem Hicks type of impact player may be asking for too much. Still, while that may cause struggles at times, and perhaps not mindblowing stats, the 2.5 bar is low enough that we are going over here.