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Vernon Butler (DL), Louisiana Tech
6’4” | 323 lbs.
50 tackles, 10 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 PD, FR
"Where He Wins: Butler moves differently than most interior defensive linemen. He can be slippery on counter moves or off the snap, even at 6’4/325 lbs. Butler has displayed the ability to win through his opponent and around them. Don’t go too far with this comparison, but Butler can win in the same ways as Mo Wilkerson. A “leap of faith” candidate due to poor athletic testing." - Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com
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The Bears are off to their best start since 2014, and the team seems to be playing well together through two games of the season.
The offense is finding creative ways to put points on the board early, and the defense has emerged as one of the top units in the league so far. It’s only resulted in one win, but Chicago seems to be on the right track for more success this season.
The analysts over at Pro Football Focus like what they’ve seen, and their grades are high on a number of individual Bears players. Six of them rank in the top five of their respective positions so far this season.
Khalil Mack, Kyle Long and Charles Leno are all the second highest-graded players among their peers, Jordan Howard has the third-highest grade for a running back, Akiem Hicks is tied for fourth among defensive linemen, and Pat O’Donnell is the fifth-ranked punter.
Just missing the cut is Bryce Callahan, who currently ranks sixth among cornerbacks with an 81.8 overall grade. As a whole the Bears have PFF’s highest-graded defense, while the offense ranks 21st.
It’s clear the team has had a lot of individual success on both sides of the ball, and the next step is converting that into team success with more wins on Sundays.
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We will, however, question how you spend your money. Especially if it's to create a Jon Gruden Bears jersey, like our friend at Monday night's game did:
It's an honorable commitment to the bit, if nothing else. When you get the opportunity to roast someone you've never met by spending your money on an expensive jersey with the name of a coach who's not on the Bears, all in the name of Content, you have to do it.