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  • Bears' Marcus Williams: Does little in Chicago

    Williams had four solo tackles in five games between the Bears and Buccaneers in 2018.

    Williams started the season with Tampa Bay but was waived off injured reserve with a hamstring injury, only to join Chicago in mid-December. The 27-year-old heads into free agency having played minimal defensive snaps since 2016 with the Jets.

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  • Bears' Kevin Toliver: Solid rookie season

    Toliver had 16 tackles (14 solo) in 16 games for Chicago this past season.

    Toliver signed as an undrafted free agent last April and had a seven-tackle performance Week 4 against Tampa Bay, but was otherwise mostly limited to special teams. The 23-year-old and his 6-foot-2, 192-pound frame will hope a full offseason with the Bears will translate into an increased role in 2019.

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  • Bears' Kylie Fitts: Plays six games as rookie

    Fitts did not record a tackle in six games for the Bears in 2018.

    Fitts was drafted in the sixth round of last April's draft and managed to crack he 53-man roster, but didn't see game action until Week 8. The 24-year-old has a lot of work to do if he is going to work his way into playing time on Chicago's stout defense.

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  • Bears' Joel Iyiegbuniwe: Quiet rookie season

    Iyiegbuniwe had nine solo tackles in 16 games during the 2018 season.

    Iyiegbuniwe played only 23 defensive snaps all season as he was largely limited to a role on special teams. The 2018 fourth-round pick will enter his first full offseason in the NFL and look to make an impression in Chicago.

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  • Bears' Nick Williams: Plays in three games

    Williams had two tackles (one solo) in two games during 2018.

    Williams was let go at roster cutdowns but rejoined the Bears a few days later. The 28-year-old was a healthy scratch in all but two games this season as he enters 2019 as an unrestricted free agent.

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  • Bears' Deon Bush: Finishes season as fill-in starter

    Bush had eight solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 15 games this season.

    Bush played only 42 defensive snaps for the season through Week 15, but took over as a starter at safety after Eddie Jackson's ankle injury. Bush then started the final three games of the season -- including the wild-card loss to the Eagles -- and played well as a fill-in. the 25-year-old remains under contract for 2019 and is likely to serve in a reserve role at safety, though one the starting positions remains a question mark with Adrian Amos headed for free agency.

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  • Bears' Deandre Houston-Carson: Totals 10 tackles in 2018

    Houston-Carson had 10 tackles (eight solo) in 13 games with the Bears in 2018.

    Houston-Carson was again heavily relied upon on special teams for the Bears, as he reached double-digit defensive snaps in only two games. The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent but the Bears are likely to offer him a tender given his heavy usage on special teams.

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  • Bears' Isaiah Irving: Quiet sophomore season

    Irving had eight tackles (seven solo) and one sack in 13 games during 2018.

    Irving was expected to play a key role at outside linebacker for the Bears this season, but the addition of All-Pro Khalil Mack in September undoubtedly was a factor in his reduced role. The 24-year-old didn't play a defensive snap until Week 8. Irving is an exclusive rights free agent, giving the Bears the means to keep him in Chicago through next season should they want him to return.

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  • Bears' Sherrick McManis: Serves well as fill-in nickelback

    McManis had 26 tackles (24 solo), one interception and one sack in 15 games this season.

    McManis had a relatively minor defensive role through the first 12 weeks of the season, but that changed once Bryce Callahan landed on injured reserve with a broken foot. McManis subsequently took over as the nickel cornerback in his first considerable defensive playing time of the past two seasons and played fairly well. The 31-year-old is under contract with the Bears for one more season and his role for 2019 remains in flux with Callahan set to become an unrestricted free agent.

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  • Bears' Aaron Lynch: Records three sacks

    Lynch (elbow) had 16 tackles (13 solo), three sacks and an interception over 13 games in 2018.

    Lynch signed a one-year deal with the Bears last March, and missed the final two games of the regular season and the wild-card loss to the Eagles due to the elbow sprain. The 25-year-old seems as though he should be ready for Organized Team Activities in the spring, but which team that is with remains to be seen.

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  • Bears' Bilal Nichols: Three sacks in rookie campaign

    Nichols had 28 tackles (20 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 games in 2018.

    Nichols served as a rotational defensive end throughout the season and exceeded 40 defensive snaps in only one game. The 2018 fifth-round pick enters his first offseason in the league and could push for a heavier workload in his second season.

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  • Bears' Daniel Brown: Catchless in 14 games

    Brown was not targeted in 14 games with the Bears this season.

    Brown's career high for single-season yardage is only 16 receiving yards, so his minimal output isn't overly surprising. The 26-year-old played sparingly on offense as he was mostly utilized on special teams. Brown is set to become a free agent and is likely to have a similar role should he sign elsewhere.

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  • Bears' Adam Shaheen: Plays only six games

    Shaheen caught five of six targets for 48 yards and one touchdown over six games this past season.

    Shaheen suffered an ankle and foot sprain in August and it ended up costing him more than half the season. The 25-year-old saw an increased snap count in the Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles -- Trey Burton (groin) was sidelined -- but had only three receptions for 13 yards. The 2017 second-round pick has yet to produce much offensively but will look to change that in year three as Chicago's No. 2 tight end behind Burton.

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  • Bears' Tarik Cohen: Thriving under new head coach

    Cohen rushed 99 times for 444 yards and three touchdowns while securing 71 of 91 targets for 725 yards and five touchdowns over 16 games in 2018.

    The arrival of ex-Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy worked wonders for Cohen, who generated eight touchdowns and 1,200 scrimmage yards in his first season under the first-year head coach. The same can't be said for fellow running back Jordan Howard, who ultimately finished the year with career lows in carries, rushing yards and yards per carry while seeing Cohen eat into his workload. The Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles was a bitter way to end the season for the versatile scatback -- Cohen gained just 27 yards with no scores on four touches -- but he averaged 10.6 touches and 73.1 scrimmage yards per game during the regular season, setting him up for another solid season in Year 2 under Nagy in 2019.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 121.1
(11th)
234.2
(22nd)
343.9
(21st)
Def. 80.0
(1st)
240.9
(7th)
299.7
(3rd)