Khalil Mack

4 Bears make Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team for 2018

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4 Bears make Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team for 2018

The NFL season honors are starting to roll in for 2018, and the Bears are well represented.

They already had five players voted as Pro Bowl starters, and four of those same Bears were recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America on their All-NFL team.

Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen marked the most players from any franchise to make this year’s team. Akiem Hicks was the one Pro Bowler who did not appear on the PFWA list.

The All-NFL team featured only two defensive tackles — Aaron Donald from the Los Angeles Rams and Fletcher Cox from the Philadelphia Eagles — while the Pro Bowl included all three.

No additional Bears were recognized on the PFWA All-NFC team.

This marked Mack’s third appearance on the All-NFL team, while it was the first appearances for Fuller, Jackson and Cohen.

 

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Bears' OLB Khalil Mack to skip Pro Bowl with undisclosed injury

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Bears' OLB Khalil Mack to skip Pro Bowl with undisclosed injury

Bears' All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack will skip the Pro Bowl later this month due to an undisclosed injury, the New York Giants revealed in a press release Thursday. New York's Olivier Vernon will replace him for the game in Orlando Jan. 27. 

Mack missed two games in October after suffering an ankle injury during the Bears' Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He didn't appear on the injury report after returning to practice leading up to the Bears' Week 10 matchup with the Detroit Lions, but like plenty of other players very well could've been playing through some nagging pain for the remainder of the season. It's common for players to drop out of the Pro Bowl due to a nagging injury. 

Mack was named to his fourth Pro Bowl in December, along with first-timers Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen. Jackson, who missed the Bears' last two games of the regular season and the team's playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, said Sunday he hadn't thought about whether or not he'll try to participate in the Pro Bowl. 

"To be honest I’m not even thinking about that right now, I haven’t even thought about it," Jackson said. "Right now it’s just to get back, get my ankle healthy and that decision will come later on."

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Allen Robinson, Khalil Mack receive Bears highest Pro Football Focus grades from loss to Eagles

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Allen Robinson, Khalil Mack receive Bears highest Pro Football Focus grades from loss to Eagles

A tragic final play doesn’t erase the strong performances from other Bears players in their wild card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

It didn’t always look pretty, but a few individuals stepped up on the biggest stage to keep Chicago in the game to the very end.

Pro Football Focus recognized these top performers with their highest grades on the team in Sunday’s game.

Allen Robinson set a new Bears playoff record with his 143 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches, giving fans lots of hope about the future connection between Mitchell Trubisky and his No. 1 wide receiver.

Khalil Mack was held without a sack in the game, but PFF credited him with two quarterback hits and three hurries, in addition to five total stops.

Roquan Smith finished with the next-highest grade thanks to his big interception. He was targeted six times and allowed three catches for 32 yards.

Trubisky received an average grade of 65.3 due in large part to two dropped interceptions and a few other dangerous throws he was able to get away with.

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