A national media outlet recently showed some love to the Chicago Bears, predicting big things in the 2022 season for one of the Bears young stars. 

Earlier this week, I highlighted Bears linebacker Trevis Gipson, writing that he was the most underrated player on the 2022 Bears roster. Gipson, who is entering his age 25 season, recorded seven sacks and five forced fumbles in just nine starts last season.

His performance late int he season for the bears really impressed me, and left me thinking he may be a bigger piece for the 2022 season than many give him credit for.

Pro Football Focus appears to be in the same boat, recently naming him one of the “ten best Year 3 breakout candidates” for the upcoming season. Here’s PFF’s Michael Renner on Gipson: 

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With Khalil Mack out of the picture, Gipson has a golden opportunity heading into Year 3. He already showed out with an 87.0 pass-rushing grade spelling Mack and Robert Quinn last fall. Coming out of Tulsa, Gipson was billed as a project after playing mostly head up over tackles in the Golden Hurricane defense. Still, he possessed elite bend for a 6-foot-4, 253-pounder that served as a great starting point for an edge rusher. That bend led to a ridiculous five forced fumbles on only 489 snaps last season. We can’t wait to see what he can do on a full complement of snaps 

You’re not going to find any arguments from me on this one. In a season with a lot of exciting young names to watch in Chicago, Gipson is towards the top of my list for players I am optimistic about. 

His game off the edge is only going to get more defined and polished with the jump to year three, and defensive system led by Matt Eberflus and new Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams should get the most out of his potential.

The tape speaks for itself. Even in last season’s system, Gipson was a playmaker that paired nicely on the opposite side of Robert Quinn.

Provided he plays a full season, I think double-digit sacks is a realistic expectation for Gipson (who had seven last season). With Jaquan Brisker and Kyler Gordon also joining a solid Bears defense, I think this unit is going to be a lot of fun to watch. Gipson will be a major part of that and their success moving forward.

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