The Chicago Bears face a tough season ahead with their offensive line. They will be going up against 14 of the top 32 edge rushers in football, which includes three of them twice as part of divisional games. The new-look offensive line will need to be on their A-game to protect quarterback Justin Fields from these formidable opponents. One addition to the offensive line is Nate Davis, who has joined his new teammates at Halas Hall for OTAs. Davis' presence means that all of the projected starting offensive line, including Braxton Jones, Teven Jenkins, Cody Whitehair, and Darnell Wright, are now present at OTAs. The report states that full attendance at mandatory minicamp would be a nice first step towards a cohesive team effort.
The Bears should also be cautious about making a big splash on a player with an uncertain future, such as Washington's Chase Young. While Young could be an intriguing fit for the Bears' defensive scheme, it may not be a perfect fit. The Bears should carefully consider the potential trade before making any decisions.
In terms of player extensions, Jaylon Johnson is looking forward to signing a contract extension with the team. Despite injury concerns, Johnson has been productive and a leader in the locker room. The potential extension would come with a sizable raise for Johnson. Additionally, Eddie Jackson has returned to the practice field for the first time since his season-ending foot injury in November 2020. Although he was only doing individual drills and not practicing with pads yet, it is an important step in his recovery process. Fans are excited to see what he can do in an encore performance and are looking forward to training camp.
While the Bears face challenges in the upcoming season, they also have opportunities. The team has declared that Arlington Heights is no longer their only option for a future stadium site. They have also been mentioned as a possible team for HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. However, the Bears do not fit the criteria for exemption, so they are eligible if no other team volunteers. Regardless, fans will be tuning in for the behind-the-scenes footage.
In conclusion, the Chicago Bears face both challenges and opportunities in the upcoming season. With a new-look offensive line, potential trades, and player extensions, the Bears have a lot to consider as they prepare for the season ahead.