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- Finished his third NFL season in 2020 after being drafted in the fifth round (145th overall) in the 2018 draft
- Has appeared in 43 games with 34 starts, recording 95 tackles, 8.0 sacks, 22 QBH and 1 INT
- Appeared as a reserve in 2018 Wild Card playoff game vs. the Eagles and started in the 2020 Wild Card game at the Saints, recording seven tackles
2020 SEASON (Bears)
- Started every game along the defensive line for the first time in his career; finished second on the team with 5.0 sacks and 13 QBHs
- Recorded a career-high seven total tackles, 1.0 sack (two half sacks) for minus-7.5 yards and a career-high three QBHs in the Week 15 win at the Vikings
- Matched his season best four tackles in Week 10 vs. Minnesota
- Recorded another four tackles, 1.0 sack and his his first career INT in Week 13 vs. the Lions
- Recorded his fourth sack of the season the very next week in the win over the Titans
- Recorded one TFL for minus-3 yards in Week 2 vs. the Giants
- Recorded three tackles in Week 4 vs. Colts; also had 3 tackles and a QBH in Week 7 at the Rams
- Recorded his first sack of the season in Week 6 at Carolina, sacking Teddy Bridgewater inside the 1-yard line
- Posted his second sack of the season in Week 9 at Tennessee
2019 SEASON (Bears):
- Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts, recording 27 tackles, one fumble recovery and one TFL
2018 SEASON (Bears):
- Appeared in 14 games (six starts), recording 28 tackles, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five tackles for loss
Bilal Nichols on Week 1 loss: 'Everybody had a sour taste in their mouth' | Press Conference
DL BIlal Nichols addresses the media before Thursday's practice at Halas Hall.
Bilal Nichols talks versatility on D-line | Press Conference
Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols meets with the media after Friday's practice at Halas Hall.
Bilal Nichols: 'I want to be a top-caliber player in this league' | Press Conference
Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols meets with the media following Thursday's training camp practice at Halas Hall.
Bilal Nichols: 'We have a whole new swagger about us' | Press Conference
Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols addresses the media after Saturday's practice at Dr Pepper Zero Sugar Chicago Bears Training Camp at Halas Hall.
4 things we learned from Bears position coaches
Speaking to reporters during training camp at Halas Hall, Bears position coaches offered their takes on key players such as tight end Cole Kmet, linebacker Roquan Smith and others.
Quick Hits: Nichols sets lofty goals for 2021 season
Looking to build on a breakout year, defensive lineman Bilal Nichols is aiming to be named All-Pro and help lead the Bears to a Super Bowl championship this season.
Quick Hits: Nagy vows to speed up tempo in practice
After back-to-back 8-8 seasons, Bears coach Matt Nagy vowed Wednesday that a heightened sense of urgency will be palpable throughout training camp.
Bears 2021 position preview: Defensive line
The Bears defensive line in 2021 will once again be powered by productive veteran Akiem Hicks and ascending fourth-year pro Bilal Nichols.
9 players to watch in 2021: Bilal Nichols
Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols stepped up for the Bears in a big way in 2020, establishing himself as one of the defense's most exciting young players.
Young players help fuel Bears' recent resurgence
The Bears boast several talented veterans on both sides of the ball, but a group of promising young players has been just as instrumental in the team's recent resurgence, especially on offense.
Motivated Nichols playing best football of career
Entering the 2020 season with sizeable chips on both of his shoulders, Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols is emerging as the type of player only he imagined he could become.
Nichols continues to emerge as playmaker
The evolution of third-year defensive lineman Bilal Nichols into a consistent contributor has impressed the Bears coaching staff.
Quick Hits: Nichols a bright spot in loss
Bilal Nichols produced two impact plays in Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Detroit Lions with a sack and the first interception by a Bears defensive tackle since Tommie Harris in 2009.
Nichols, Edwards strengthen defensive line
While star linebackers Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn get attention, a group of unsung defensive linemen are also contributing.
5 things you may not know about Bilal Nichols
Nose tackle Bilal Nichols recorded his first sack of the season against the Carolina Panthers. Here are five things you might not know about the third-year player.
Nichols ready to step up at nose tackle
Filling in for Eddie Goldman, third-year defensive tackle Bilal Nichols impressed at nose tackle in the Bears first padded practice of the season.
Replacing Goldman will be group effort for Bears
The Bears plan to continue giving their defensive linemen reps at multiple positions in training camp, which should help them fill the void created by nose tackle Eddie Goldman opting out of the 2020 season.
Bears training camp preview: Defensive line
The return of talented veteran defensive tackle Akiem Hicks from injury figures to give the Bears defense a gigantic boost in 2020. A Pro Bowler in 2018, Hicks was limited to six games by knee and elbow injuries last season.
Nichols showing growth, playmaking ability
Second-year defensive tackle Bilal Nichols has consistently made plays throughout training camp, the latest coming Tuesday when the 6-3, 313-pounder produced a diving interception.
Daniels making 'fairly seamless' transition
James Daniels' work ethic and familiarity with the center position is enabling the 2018 second-round pick to make a smooth transition back to his natural position.
Daniels easing into new role at 'natural' position
James Daniels' move from left guard to center this offseason has been a smooth one so far for the second-year pro, who has returned to the position he played his final two seasons at Iowa.
Daniels borrows his own jersey from Bears fan
Wanting to wear his No. 68 Bears jersey to his graduation at the University of Iowa, James Daniels asked his Twitter followers to lend him one for the ceremony.
Nichols making a (unique) name for himself
Focused on improving one thing each day, defensive tackle Bilal Nichols is beginning to emerge as a playmaker on a resurgent Bears defense.
'Meet the Rookies' to air in its entirety
The Bears' four-part documentary series "Meet the Rookies" will culminate with a 30-minute special hosted by radio play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak on WFLD FOX 32 at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Daniels highlighted on 'Meet the Rookies'
The final episode of ChicagoBears.com's four-part series "Meet the Rookies" features second-round draft pick James Daniels, an offensive lineman from Iowa.
Bears to launch 'Meet the Rookies' series Monday
The Bears will launch their four-part documentary series "Meet the Rookies" on Monday, featuring behind-the-scenes footage with 2018 draft picks James Daniels, Roquan Smith, Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Anthony Miller.
How has Anthony Miller fared?
Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how rookie receiver Anthony Miller has performed in practice, Dion Sims' role this season and if rookie Roquan Smith is working with the No. 1 defense.
Bears rookie class volunteers at Lambs Farm
Shaq Roland, Kevin Toliver II, Garrett Johnson and Roquan Smith helped shear a sheep during a volunteer outing for the entire Bears rookie class at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.