Chicago Bears: 5 Players who could have a big season

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Chicago Bears player no. 2: Trevis Gipson, Edge Rusher

Chicago Bears fans lamented the loss of All-World pass rusher Khalil Mack. However, he had a big cap hit. By trading him, Poles added a lot of flexibility. Moving forward, Poles can make a number of moves he couldn’t if Mack was still on the team.

Now the question is who could replace Mack. The next man up for the Bears is Trevis Gipson. Gipson had a very good season in 2021.

He had to step in for Mack after the future Hall of Famer got injured and had to miss the rest of the season after only seven games.

In the 10 games he started in place of Mack, Gipson really impressed. He had:

  • 29 tackles (4 for loss)
  • 5 quarterback hits
  • 4 forced fumbles
  • 5 sacks

Now, Gipson is ready to take over as the full-time starter. No, he might not be on Mack’s level (yet), but he showed that he is ready to take over.

He learned a lot from Mack and Robert Quinn, two great players who had a lot to show.

For now, Gipson still has Quinn to learn from. This is only his third season so he’ll keep getting better. He’ll show, though, that he’s ready to be a big part of the Chicago Bears’ defense for years to come.