Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Chicago Bears in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
We’ve already gone through our share of teams. You can play catch-up right here. Now we are taking a look at our choice for the Chicago Bears.
Following a year of promise, it proved to be a season of frustration for the second-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2015. The former Florida State product was a bright spot for John Fox’s team. In his rookie campaign, Goldman played in 15 games and made a dozen starts. He finished with 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
During the 2016 offseason, defensive end Akiem Hicks and inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman were added and there were high expectations for Vic Fangio’s unit. They joined outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, a free-agent addition in ’15, and first-round pick Leonard Floyd.
However, we didn’t get to see a lot of Goldman. He suffered an ankle injury in a Week 2 Monday night home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. All told, he would play in the first six games. The 23-year-old defender managed only 18 stops and 2.5 sacks. Now he’s healthy and is well aware of the talent he and the Bears have up front.
“The front seven on any team is always the core,” said Goldman to Chris Bode of CSNChicago in mid-June. “I feel like we’re meshing, we’re coming together, playing good, and there’s an urgency.”
We haven’t seen the Chicago Bears in the postseason since 2010. And we’ve been waiting for this defense to gel under Fox and Fangio. Eddie Goldman certainly hopes he and the rest of this unit can stay on the field this season. That means avoiding injuries. But we get the sense that in Year No. 3 for the 6’3”, 320-pound defender, you will see some very good things from the one-time Seminole.