5 pleasant surprises on the Chicago Bears past the quarter mark of 2023

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3. The Chicago Bears are getting solid defense out of Andrew Billings

Ryan Poles has not had the best offseason of signings through five games, but Andrew Billings has certainly been a pleasant surprise. Billings is a nose tackle, so he is not the most glorified player on the team, but every week, he pops up with a couple of big plays.

His 12 pressures this season on 83 pass rush repetitions are more than the ten he had the year prior on 216 snaps.

Billings has also done a great job getting into the backfield as a run defender. He has two tackles for loss after just three last year. The Chicago Bears have been rotating Billings out on pass rush snaps to get Gervon Dexter more work. However, we need to see Dexter, who has been a smaller success in his own right, next to Billings on more early downs. Justin Jones can be sacrificed because these two have been the Bears best defensive linemen.