Chicago paid a steep price for Mack, parting ways with first-round draft picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-rounder in 2020 and a sixth-rounder in 2019.
The Bears drafted Smith to provide more than good ILB play, but he was coy regarding his expected playing time in the opener, leaving the call to coaches and trainers.
Mack's arrival could turn a defense that ranked 10th overall a year ago into one of the NFL's best. But the Bears have maintained since Floyd suffered his hand injury in Denver on August 19 that he'd be full go for Week 1, and that certainly seems to be the case with only a few days left before the trip to Green Bay. But Fangio wasn't about to plan any parades. If that starts this weekend, it could catch the Packers by surprise. It's not clear how much Mack will play, though he obviously figures to give the defense a huge boost whenever he steps on the field. You wouldn't know that from listening to him because Nagy is confident he knows what's best for his team. Now he's one of the best defensive players in the league, so I assume he's taken care of himself this offseason. According to Klein, the Raiders were also anxious about facing Mack in Week 1 at home. One of those back from last season is right tackle Bobby Massie, a seasoned veteran who will be entrusted with keeping Matthews out of the Bears backfield and away from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Trubisky threw for 2,193 yards in 12 games last season. However, Mack only had two tackles. He sees the same for the inside linebackers and the defensive backs, with quarterbacks under more pressure.
The question is how soon. Packers cornerback Kevin King got his first taste of the rivalry previous year.
Rodgers became the highest-paid player in National Football League history late last month when he signed a four-year contract extension worth $134 million, with guaranteed money pushing the deal upward of $176-180 million.
"You guys just got Khalil Mack!".
Oh, captain: Bears coach Matt Nagy said the team will not have the same captains all season but will select them on a weekly basis via coach and player input.
From their perspective, the team showed that if they were not going to pay players at market price, they would at least move players to teams that would.
"He's a premier guy", Bulaga said. "You see the skillsets that they have". He understands what we're trying to do. If Howard can get one-on-one matchups with a linebacker, the Bears should feel very good about him being able to create separation on pass routes.