Whenever the Chicago Bears defense is brought up in football media, the first few names mentioned are Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson and Akiem Hicks. And while all three certainly deserve superstar recognition, there's another guy along the defensive line who needs to start getting the recognition he deserves.
Fifth-year nose tackle Eddie Goldman is off to a fantastic start in 2019, this following what was the best year of his career in 2018. He's been a space-eater in the middle of Chicago's defense and has allowed players like Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan to run free to the ball carrier. In Sunday's NFC North win over the Vikings, he was the Bears' second-highest graded defender, per PFF.
Goldman registered an elite score of 90.9 and trailed only Khalil Mack's 91.3 for the team's overall top grade. His season grade of 82.6 is currently third on the Bears' defense.
Eddie Goldman man 😳💪 pic.twitter.com/Hdc94CPkWZ— Olin kreutz (@olin_kreutz) October 1, 2019
Goldman signed a four-year, $42 million extension last year and remains one of the foundational pieces on Chicago's defense. He doesn't play a high-profile position and won't get many chances to register tackles or sacks, but his importance to this team is as great as anyone on the roster (other than Mack).
At this rate, Goldman will be a household name by season's end.