Bears NT Goldman draws praise from teammates after two-sack outing
While the Chicago Bears have been waiting for their first-round draft pick, wide receiver Kevin White (seventh overall), to make his NFL debut, the team's second-round pick has quietly put together a solid rookie season.
Eddie Goldman, who has been starting at nose tackle for most of the year, is just starting to get recognized now. Against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13, the Florida State product had his finest game of the season with two sacks and a blocked extra-point attempt.
Goldman's teammates are beginning to hype his play. Right tackle Kyle Long, for example, said the rookie nose tackle is turning into a "dominant player," according to the Bears' official Twitter account.
Defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins, who often lines up next to Goldman, said his young teammate is avoiding the "rookie wall," according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson.
#Bears RT Kyle Long on rookie NT Eddie Goldman: "He's becoming a dominant player."— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 7, 2015
Goldman has played in all 12 games this season, recording 20 tackles along the way. That's not an eye-popping figure, but his current total of 4.5 sacks is pretty impressive. Only two players on the roster -- linebackers Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston -- have recorded more (both with 5.0).
Jarvis Jenkins on Eddie Goldman: "He has definitely not hit the rookie wall." Goldman had 2 sacks on Sunday. #Bears— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) December 7, 2015
There's a lot to like about Goldman if you're a Bears fan, as defensive coordinator Vic Fangio seems to have found a 332-pound anchor for Chicago's new, 3-4 scheme.