With Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks reportedly being healthy, what impacts does this have?
On a defense that’s loaded with stars like Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson, outside of the Chicago Bears fanbase, Akiem Hicks is clearly a name that doesn’t get the respect he deserves. If you wanted to, you could make the argument that Hicks is one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL.
There’s no doubt that as soon as Hicks went down with an elbow injury in 2019, the Bears defense took a slight step back. Takeaways and sacks, two categories that were central to the Bears 2018 defense, decreased as soon as Hicks went down.