Chicago Bears OLB Aaron Lynch suffered a hamstring injury during the team’s mandatory veteran minicamp Wednesday. More The Chicago Bears are counting on outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to team up with Leonard Floyd to produce the kind of pass rush needed to slow Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford in the NFC North this season.
Lynch comes to Chicago after an up-and-down tenure in San Francisco that included seven games missed due to injury over the last two seasons. That trend has continued this offseason. Matt Nagy told reporters at Halas Hall Wednesday that Lynch suffered his second injury as a Bear; he dealt with a minor back injury during the team’s first minicamp in April.
Let’s be real honest here, there’s not a lot of good things going on with Miami. In the 2016 and 2017 drafts, the only top-100 pick who looks like a player the Dolphins cannot let hit free agency is Xavien Howard. That’s not the type of track record you want with highly invested-in young players.
If you’re ranking young Dolphins by upside, 2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick has to be really high on the list. As a hybrid safety, Fitzpatrick often came off the edge as an extra blitzer, played in the slot and played as a single-high safety.
He was something close to college football’s version of Harrison Smith. At this point, it’s hard to tell exactly where Fitzpatrick will play, or if he will ever have a stationary position in the NFL, but his 24.0 pass deflections, 9.0 interceptions, 16.5 tackles for a loss and 4.0 touchdowns at Alabama speak to his versatility.