Bears rookie Dominique Robinson was the most dominant pass rusher on the field in the team’s Week 1 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
That’s saying a lot considering two-time Pro Bowler Nick Bosa was on the opposite sideline.
When Ryan Poles took over as general manager this offseason he wanted to bring in a core of young rookies to help build around for years to come. Robinson, drafted by Chicago in the fifth round of this year’s draft, already looks like a future cornerstone for the franchise.
In his NFL debut he finished with a game-high 1.5 sacks and was second on the team with seven tackles, including one tackle for loss.
He was also Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded rookie edge defender in Week 1.
According to Sports Info Solutions, Robinson was the second-best EDGE defender against the run in points above average per play (0.116) and points saved per play (0.146).
The only player that ranked above Robinson was former Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack.
Dominique Robinson was also the second-best EDGE against the run in both points above average per play (0.116) and points saved per play (0.146).— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) September 14, 2022
The only edge rusher who did better against the run in Week 1? Khalil Mack. #Bears
Mack was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers in return for the No. 48 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which turned out to be Jaquan Brisker, and a sixth-rounder in next year’s draft.
I’m not yet ready to make comparisons between the two, but Bears fans should be content with Robinson’s early production at a remarkably lower cost.
The Bears’ pass rush lines up against a Green Bay Packers offensive line that gave up four sacks in a Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Getting pressure on Aaron Rodgers will be paramount if the Bears intend on pulling off a Sunday Night stunner in Lambeau.
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