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PRO CAREER: Enters his sixth season in the NFL, and his second in Chicago, after posting his fourth consecutive double-digit sack season in 2018 as well as his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl honor ... career totals include 78 games (77 starts), 351 tackles (268 solo), 53 sacks, 78 tackles for loss, 15 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two interceptions (both returned for a TD) and 15 passes defensed … 2016 Associated Press and PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year ... named to the AP All-Pro First Team in both 2015, 2016 and 2018 … became the first player in NFL history to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team at two positions (defensive end and linebacker) in 2015 … named to his first Pro Bowl after finishing second in the NFL with 15 sacks in 2015 … tied a Raiders single-game franchise record with 5.0 sacks on Dec. 13, 2015 at Denver … named to PFWA, Sports Illustrated and NFL.com All-Rookie Teams ... his 49.0 sacks over the past four seasons ranks tied for third in the NFL ... owns 12 career multi-sack games (9 with OAK, 3 with CHI) ... in his Bears debut, he became the first player in franchise history to record a sack and an interception in his debut with the team ... recorded a sack and a forced fumble in each of the first four weeks in 2018, becoming the first player in NFL history to do so ... enters the 2019 season with the most 3rd-quarter sacks (14.5) in the NFL since 2015, and the second most in both the fourth quarters (16.5) and second halves (31.0).
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2014: PFWA All- Rookie Team; 2015: All-Pro Selection, Pro Bowl Selection; 2016: AP and PFWA Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro Selection, Pro Bowl Selection; 2017: Pro Bowl Selection. 2018: NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September), Pro Bowl, AP All-Pro, Sporting News All-Pro, PFWA All-NFL.
2018 SEASON: Selected to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl ... AP, PFWA and Sporting News All-Pro ... tied for the league lead with six forced fumbles ... appeared in 14 games (13 starts), recording 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks (led team), 11.0 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one interception (returned for a touchdown) ... has three multi-sack games this season ... 12.5 sacks ranks sixth in the NFL ... had five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble vs. the Seahawks in Week 2 ... recorded 2.0 sacks at Arizona in Week 3 ... recorded four tackles and a forced fumble in Week 4 vs. Tampa Bay ... turned in an impressive debut for the Bears at GB, recording three tackles, 1.0 sack for minus-12 yards, one interception for a TD, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... in doing so, he became the first player since 1982, when sacks became a statistic, to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception, and touchdown in one half (source: Elias Sports Bureau) ... named NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September).
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2017: Started all 16 games and totaled a career-high 87 tackles (65 solo) to go along with 10.5 sacks ... named to his third straight Pro Bowl … led the Raiders in sacks for the third consecutive season … was one of two defensive players in the NFL with 70+ tackles and 10+ sacks (Joey Bosa, LAC) and was the only defensive player in the NFL to tally at least 75 tackles, 10.0 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … (9/24) at WAS: Recorded nine tackles (seven) and posted a sack of QB Kirk Cousins, dropping him for a 9-yard loss in the first half. (10/1) at DEN: Totaled seven tackles and a season-high two sacks. (10/8) vs. BAL: Led the team with a season-high 10 tackles. (10/19) vs. KC: Added six tackles, a half-sack and one pass defensed ... took down QB Alex Smith late in the fourth quarter, forcing a punt and getting the ball back to the Raiders' offense to drive down the field for the game-winning score. (11/19) vs. NE: Tallied four tackles and one sack on the day ... brought down QB Tom Brady for a loss of eight yards in the first quarter. (12/3) vs. NYG: Disrupted the Giants' offense throughout, recording four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... late in the first half with the Giants driving, took down QB Geno Smith and simultaneously took the ball away from him, recording a forced fumble and fumble recovery on the play. (12/10) at KC: Posted six tackles (five), one sack and two passes defensed on the afternoon. (12/17) vs. DAL: Recorded six tackles (five) and posted his second multi-sack contest of the year. 2016: Turned in one of the most impressive seasons by a defender in Raiders history … started all 16 games and totaled 77 tackles (56 solo), 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one INT returned for a TD and four passes defensed … named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the second player in franchise history (Lester Hayes, 1980) to earn the prestigious award … was also named the Pro Football Writers of America's Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL 101 Awards' AFC Defensive Player of the Year … selected to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season … named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team and the Pro Football Writers of America's All-NFL Team … named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November after posting 13 tackles (10), four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one INT-TD and two passes defensed, helping the Raiders go 3-0 in the month … earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice (Week 9 vs. Denver and Week 12 vs. Carolina) … was also named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week in Week 13 vs. Buffalo … led the team in sacks for the second straight season … also led team with three fumble recoveries … tied an NFL record by recording a sack in eight straight games from Weeks 6-14. (10/30) at TB: Tied for the team lead with seven tackles while recording a forced fumble and two sacks ... dropped QB Jameis Winston for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter for his first sack of the day … continued his stellar performance in the second half, getting to Winston for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter. (11/6) vs. DEN: Recorded three tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in the victory, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors … helped limit the Denver offense to just 33 rushing yards in the game. (11/27) vs. CAR: Turned in one of the finest defensive performances in NFL history, becoming the first player since Charles Woodson in 2009 to record a sack, interception returned for a touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game … earned his second AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance, his second of the month … went on to win the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November … finished the game with seven tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one INT-TD, and one pass defensed … tallied his first career INT and first career TD when he intercepted a screen pass and returned it six yards for the score … on the Panthers' final offensive play of the game, forced and recovered a fumble to seal the victory. (12/4) vs. BUF: Recorded seven tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. (12/8) at KC: Posted six tackles (four), one sack and one forced fumble … recorded a sack-fumble for the third consecutive game … marked his eighth straight game with a sack, tying an NFL single-season record. (12/18) at SD: Notched six tackles on the day, helping the Raiders clinch their first postseason berth since 2002. 2015: Started all 16 games ... Pro Bowl selection … became the first player in NFL history to be named to the AP All-Pro First Team at two positions (defensive end and linebacker) … finished second in the NFL with 15 sacks, falling just one sack short of the Raiders' franchise record ... posted 10 sacks over a four-game stretch from Weeks 12-15 ... recorded four multiple-sack games ... credited with 79 tackles (58 solo), four passes defensed and two forced fumbles on the year. (9/27) at CLE: Posted second career two-sack game, getting to QB Josh McCown twice on a fourth-quarter series. (10/4) at CHI: Notched third sack of the season, getting to QB Jay Cutler for a 1-yard loss on the game's final drive ... also posted four tackles (three) and one pass defensed. (11/1) vs. NYJ: Enjoyed a standout performance, posting five tackles and his fourth sack of the season ... sacked QB Geno Smith for an 11-yard loss in the fourth quarter. (11/29) at TEN: Notched his second multiple-sack game of the season to go along with five tackles. (12/6) vs. KC: Posted another standout performance, totaling eight tackles (seven) and two sacks. (12/13) at DEN: Enjoyed a career performance, tying the franchise record with five sacks, matching a mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long in 1983 ... named AFC Defensive Player of the Week ... all five sacks came in the second half ... posted multiple sacks in the third straight game, the first in the NFL to do so on the season. (12/20) vs. GB: Recorded a sack for the fourth straight game, dropping QB Aaron Rodgers for a 5-yard loss on a third-and-8 play in the first quarter. (1/3/16) at KC: Recorded a season-high 10 tackles (seven). 2014: Started all 16 games as a rookie, totaling 84 tackles (59 solo), four sacks, one forced fumble and four passes defensed ... finished third in voting for the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year Award … selected to the Pro Football Writers of America, Sports Illustrated and NFL.com All-Rookie Teams … only rookie named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for young players to emulate ... became just the third rookie linebacker in Raiders history to start all 16 games, following Matt Millen (1980) and Reggie McKenzie (1985). (12/7) vs. SF: Posted first career multiple-sack game, getting to QB Colin Kaepernick twice in the fourth quarter. (12/21) vs. BUF: Put forth a dominant effort, helping limit Buffalo to just 13 yards on the ground, tied for the third lowest yardage total allowed in franchise history ... posted five tackles (two) and one sack in the win.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Buffalo, starting all 48 games in which he appeared … totaled 327 tackles (186 solo), 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for loss, 16 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four INTs, 21 passes defensed and 31 quarterback pressures … recorded two TDs on INT returns … his 16 forced fumbles are an NCAA record … his 75 tackles for loss tied the NCAA modern-day record (since the 2000 season) … his 28.5 sacks are also a school record … started all 13 games as a senior, leading the Bulls in tackles (100), tackles for loss (19), sacks (10.5), INTs (three) and forced fumbles (five) ... earned first-team All-MAC honors for the third straight season ... was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and was awarded the Jack Lambert Award ... finished second in the voting for the Butkus Award ...Led the team with 94 tackles, 21 tackles for loss added eight sacks and four forced fumbles … garnered first-team All-MAC honors for the second straight season ... was twice named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
PERSONAL: Attended Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Fla. … named first-team all-area and third-team all-state selection and helped lead the Panthers to the district title as a senior … recorded 140 tackles with nine sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … didn't play football until junior year of high school.