The Chicago Bears placed the injured guard Dakota Dozier in reserve on Tuesday. The move took place a week after Dozier had an obvious left leg injury during the mini-camp training.
Dozier’s injury makes Chicago even more vulnerable in the offensive guard position, where Sam Mustipher is a favorite in the vacant right-back job. Will General Manager Ryan Poles turn to a free agent to bring in a veteran? Or does he turn to his young list to get up?
There are still many difficult questions on the offensive line, including what the starting line will look like. It’s still a few weeks before the training camp.
After Dozier lands on IR, look here for the depth of Bears’ line of attack:
Cody Whitehair is arguably ending his worst season with Bears, but since 2016, when he drove to Chicago, he has been a solid attacker. Whitehair has played mainly in left-wing defense, although he has also spent time in the center. With the addition of Lucas Patrick, it appears that Whitehair will remain safe on the left guard.
Lucas Patrick comes to Chicago with experience as an attack coordinator in the Luke Getsy system. He is a versatile indoor player who has played in three different positions – left defender, central defender and right defender. Patrick revealed that he was brought to serve as a center, giving Justin Fields someone with the experience to kick the ball from him.
Larry Borom got his first chance to start from the right in week 8, replacing the injured Germain Ifed, and he got an update right away. He resisted some of the best feeding and showed versatility with both right and left repellent. Borom has seen action on both the left and right during this break, so it’s still a question of where he’ll line up.
Teven Jenkins missed most of his beginner’s season after back training at the training camp. When he returned, he saw limited left-wing action, including two starts. Jenkins is in the right place. Jenkins worked on another team’s attack on OTA last week and during a mini-camp. Let’s see where he ranks in the training camp.
Braxton Jones was the first offensive game selected by Chicago to bet as a new one. Jones has collegial experience in both left-handed and right-handed defense, but has seen repeats in the left-handed strike of the first team in the final week of OTAs and mandatory mini-camping. Jones is on his way to starting a left-handed tackle.
The Bears had already offered Sam Mustipher an exclusive rights agent earlier this season. Mustipher started 17 games in the center of Chicago last season, but was in charge on the offensive line. Although many assumed that the Mustipher would not take into account any starting plan, he had received repetitions for better defense in the first attack. Let’s see if this trend continues in the training camp.
Julién Davenport will meet Matt Eberflus in Chicago after spending the year in Colts. He participated in nine games, including four starts. Davenport, a former fourth-round NFL draftsman in the 2017 NFL qualifier, spent the 2018 season as a left-wing goal for Texas. It was later shared with dolphins as part of Laremy Tunsil’s trade. Davenport is a potential draw for bears.
Zachary Thomas is a versatile offensive player with experience playing in three different positions during his time in San Diego. When Thomas played mainly right-handed defense (17 games) and left-handed defense (12), he started as a guard. Thomas saw repetitions with the starters when Whitehair was excused from the mini-camp, suggesting that Thomas may be the next man on the Chicago left.
Doug Kramer is a home-grown product that grows up in the western Chicago suburb of Hinsdale and plays football in Illinois. Kramer is the only center of the draft, where he is the development prospect behind beginner Lucas Patrick. But he also has experience playing guard. Kramer saw one of the mini-camps start repeating during team practice, suggesting he may be Patrick’s backup.
Ja’Tyre Carter is one of the most intriguing prospects out of the bear draft. He was a starter in Southern for four years, where he made 37 starts in left-handed defense. But he plans to guard himself at the NFL level. Let’s see if Carter can develop into a starter. But now he is good at both defense and defense for Chicago.
At the beginning of the season, the Bears signed with Shon Coleman, the last former Colt to join Eberflus. Coleman, who was the former third-round pick in 2016, started the Browns in 2017 with the right shot. In 2018, he was transferred to the 49ers, although he did not play in the regular season game. Coleman skipped the 2019 season due to injury and gave up in 2020 due to COVID-19 problems. Coleman provides depth in the fight.
Former seventh-round selection Lachavious Simmons also recently offered Bears an exclusive free agent. He played in two games in 2021, including a better shot in one start. Simmons does not take into account the starting lineup and has a depth of stroke.
Dieter Eiselen, who signed a reserve / forward contract this season, has only played in three NFL games. He has spent most of the last two seasons with the Bears practice team. The same fate awaits the 25-year-old this season.
Bears signed a reserve / future contract with Willie Wright earlier this season. Wright used to spend time with the Falcons on their training team. He thinks he has a chance to earn a place on the practice team.
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