|Chance of Injury in 2021:||2%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||0.1%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||0.0|
Did Mack take a step back in 2019 or merely suffer from his surroundings? Probably a little of both.
It's simply difficult for any player to perform at an elite level every year, and Mack fell short of that in his 6th season. His 8.5 sacks marked his first stop in single digits since his rookie campaign. He posted career lows in solo tackles and assists per game. And his Pro Football Focus grades dipped.
Of course, he didn't exactly stink. PFF still graded Mack 15th among all 183 edge players overall and 14th in pass rushing. And the Bears endured a lot of injuries around him. DL Akiem Hicks was the biggie, losing 11 total games to a knee injury and then a dislocated elbow. DL Bilal Nichols also missed 3 games. And the ILB starters combined for 11 missed games. Chicago was left piecing together a front 7 at times. Oh, and fellow OLB starter Leonard Floyd continued to fall short of expectations. The Bears dumped him after the season and signed Robert Quinn in free agency.
All told, we have no problem betting on the 29-year-old Mack for the mere slight rebound he'll need to get back to helping IDP lineups in pressure-friendly formats. Just don't overrate his name if your league leans more toward tackle scoring.
|Sep 9, 2020||NFL||Knee Strain Grade 1||Mack was deemed questionable heading into the week 1 game after the knee issue limited his participation in practices. He was cleared for the season opener game in Detroit.|