Bears news: PFF shows how important Bryce Callahan was to Chicago's defense
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PFF shows how important Bryce Callahan was to Bears’ defense

Bryce Callahan

Although his season ended with an unfortunate injury back in December, Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan’s 2018 NFL campaign will be remembered for his incredible job in locking down opposing receivers – and he’s got numbers to back it up.

According to Pro Football Focus, Callahan is inside the top 10 in at least four major statistical categories for nickelbacks, including a league-best 0.69 yards per coverage snap.

Furthermore, among all cornerbacks in the NFL, Callahan is ranked by PFF seventh-best overall with a rating of 81.4.

Callahan started 10 games this season for the Bears before sustaining a fracture injury in his foot in a 15-6 home win over the Los Angeles Rams back in Week 14.

While Callahan’s value to Chicago’s defensive success this season is undeniably high, there’s a chance he won’t return to the team in the 2019 season, as he is a pending free agent. It would have been an easier decision for the Bears to try to re-sign Callahan in the offseason if he did not suffer a season-ending foot injury, but he can still expect an offer from the team, thanks to his massive performance when he was healthy.

Callahan finished the 2018 NFL regular season with two interceptions and six passes defended as part of the Bears’ stop unit that ranked seventh against the pass with only 221.9 passing yards allowed per game. He also had two picks in 2017.