Chicago Bears 2019 season superlatives
Comeback Player - Kyle Long
Long is at crossroads in his Bears career. His injury history is well documented and he's coming off of a 2018 season in which he played just eight regular-season games. But for the first time in his career, he's beginning a season on a team with Super Bowl aspirations. He'll bring his A-game and return to the form that once made him one of the most promising young offensive linemen in the NFL.
Breakout Player - Roquan Smith
Smith had an exceptional rookie season by any standard, but he's only just beginning to scratch the surface of the kind of player he can be. With a full training camp under his belt, Smith is ready to ascend into the NFL's elite tier and will carry on the tradition of high-end inside linebacker play in Chicago.
Rising Star - Anthony Miller
Bears fans didn't get a complete look at what Miller's capable of in 2018. He dealt with a nagging shoulder injury for most of the season and finished the with 33 catches for 423 yards and seven touchdowns. His stats would've been even better had Mitch Trubisky been a touch more accurate with his passes. Now healthy and adjusted to the pro game, Miller is ready to become a household name at the game's highest-profile position.
Rookie of the Year - David Montgomery
This one's easy, right? No rookie will have a greater impact on the Bears in 2019 than Montgomery, who should be the team's lead back sooner than later. He's a well-rounded running back who can bring to Matt Nagy's offense what Kareem Hunt did with the Chiefs in 2017. Montgomery's physical running style and high character will make him a fan-favorite in Chicago.
Offensive Player of the Year - Allen Robinson
Robinson is fully recovered from a knee injury that cost him all of 2017 and indications from training camp suggest he's playing faster than he did last year. Remember: Robinson went off for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. And while he probably won't reach those heights this season, he'll certainly be the offense's most important target in the passing game.
Defensive Player of the Year - Khalil Mack
Should we just move on? This one's a no-brainer. Barring injury, Mack will challenge for 20 sacks and the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, let alone the Bears'. Few players have had as much of an impact on a franchise as Mack has had on Chicago, and with an entire offseason with the team, his best is yet to come. That's a really, really scary thought.
MVP - Mitch Trubisky
If you believe the Bears are a legitimate Super Bowl team, then you believe in Mitch Trubisky. And if Chicago goes on a deep playoff run, it'll be because Trubisky had a team-MVP season. He showed marked improvement in 2018 and now entering Year 2 of Matt Nagy's offense, he'll play faster and with more confidence. Trubisky should shatter every Bears single-season passing record in 2019 as part of his true breakout year.