Willie Young DL CHI 8 Days

Young recorded four stops -- including a half-sack -- in last Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.

With 8.5 sacks in 13 games, Young is a serious threat to finish as the Bears' lone double-digit sack threat, a development unforeseen after Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston were inked to much more sizable deals last offseason. Still, his production as a pass rusher seems to have tapered off of late, as he's amassed just 1.5 sacks over the last seven games.

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Young registered a sack in the Bears' Week 11 win over the Vikings.

Young has assumed a starting role the last two games with Lamarr Houston out for the season with a torn ACL, but since he was already seeing big snap counts off the bench beforehand, he hasn't noticed a huge spike in production. Still, with 34 tackles and eight sacks through 10 games, he's proven to be savvy offseason pickup for the Bears.

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Young made three stops in Sunday's 51-23 loss to the Patriots.

Young has gone without a sack in his last two games, after leading the league for the first six weeks with seven quarterback takedowns. He was never expected to maintain that lofty sack rate over the course of an 16-game schedule, but he'll still benefit from playing on an improved defensive line that has been able to generate pass rushing from the interior. In addition, Young could actually see an increase in his snap count in the coming weeks, as the Bears fear that Lamarr Houston could be dealing with a serious knee injury after exiting early in Sunday's game.

Willie Young DL CHI 2 Months

Young gathered two sacks and three total tackles in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

The two sacks bring Young's total to seven for the season, good for tops in the NFL. Though Young doesn't have the reputation as one of the league's premier sack artists, he's taken down the quarterback in all but one of his six games on the campaign. He's probably worth owning in just about any IDP league.

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Young compiled five tackles and a strip-sack in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Young was curiously quiet in last week's loss to the Packers despite receiving an appointment to the starting lineup while Jared Allen (pneumonia) was sidelined, but he turned in another sterling performance coming off the bench in Week 5. The forced fumble was his first of the season, while the sack was his team-leading fifth. Young's immense contributions have helped the Bears cover for the disappointing performance to date of pricey defensive ends Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, both of whom are still without a sack on the season.

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With Jared Allen out with pneumonia Sunday, Young will make his first start of the season against the Packers.

Even in a part-time role this season, Young has been the team's top pass rusher, picking up 12 tackles and four sacks over his first three games. With a heavy load of snaps likely headed his way Sunday, Young may be a sneakily-effective IDP option against a suspect Packers offensive line.

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Young amassed four tackles and a sack in Monday's win over the Jets.

Young has managed to post that same stat line in each of his three games, with the exception of his two-sack performance in Week 2. The 12 tackles and four sacks amount to incredible production for a player who isn't even a starter for the Bears, and it's probably time that those in IDP leagues take notice. The Bears' willingness to use Young frequently on passing downs should continue to afford him opportunities to pick up sacks, especially as opposing offensive lines focus most of their attention on double-teaming stalwart Jared Allen on the other side of the field.

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Young had two sacks and four total tackles in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Young feasted on backup tackle Jonathan Martin, using his excellent quickness to win the edge and track down the elusive Colin Kaepernick. With big-money free agent signings Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen mostly quiet through the first two weeks, the under-the-radar addition of Young in the offseason has proven to be a wise one by the Bears. Young has three sacks and eight total tackles despite coming off the bench in both of the team's games.

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Young had a productive debut for the Bears in Sunday's loss to the Bills, recording four tackles, including the team's only sack.

Coming off the bench Sunday, Young outshone both of the Bears' more high-profiled offseason defensive end signings, Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, who combined for two tackles on the afternoon. Given the significant money committed to Allen and Houston, Young is unlikely to displace either as a starter, but he'll still rotate into the game fairly regularly in passing situations.

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Young wasn't able to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars due to a knee bruise, ESPN reports.

Young signed a three-year deal with the Bears during the offseason and is currently one of the main options off the bench at defensive end. Since Thursday's game didn't count for anything, it makes sense that Young and the Bears decided to err on the side of caution.