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Chicago Bears Season Preview

It is officially Week One in the NFL, as training camp has winded down this past weekend with teams making their final cuts, the season kicks off on Thursday with the Houston Texans taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. For the Chicago Bears, they begin their season at Detroit taking on the Lions. The Bears schedule goes on:

 

Week 1 @ Lions
Week 2 Giants
Week 3 @ Falcons
Week 4 Colts
Week 5 Buccaneers
Week 6 @ Panthers
Week 7 @ Rams
Week 8 Saints
Week 9 @ Titans
Week 10 Vikings
Week 11 BYE
Week 12 @ Packers
Week 13 Lions
Week 14 Texans
Week 15 @ Vikings
Week 16 @ Jaguars
Week 17 Packers

 

Chicago seemingly has the short term answer at Quarterback with Mitch Trubisky winning the starting role over Nick Foles. The Bears are looking to bounce back from their 2019 season where they finished 8-8 with a lot of questions surrounding the identity of the offense. The 2020 season should provide more clarity with the direction of the offense as there are new pieces on the coaching staff and the offensive line. The defense is returning the majority of the starters from the 2019 season along with new veterans and the emergence of rookie Cornerback Jaylon Johnson. Here are the key takeaways from Training Camp:

 

Takeaways from Camp

COVID Holdouts

 

The only player for the Bears holding out this season due to COVID 19 is NT Eddie Goldman, which is a big loss for the defense. Goldman is one of the league’s best run stoppers who, alongside Akiem Hicks, man the interior of the defensive line. Bilal Nichols is stepping up into this spot. 

 

Outside of the holdout, the Bears are yet to see a case of COVID 19 among players and coaches.

 

Quarterback Competition

 

With the competition officially over, Trubisky is returning as the starter for the Bears. Both Trubisky and Nagy have identified the work he has put into the offseason to improve his footwork within the pocket and the accuracy of his passing. Other players have also noted a growth in leadership both on and off the field. Trubisky and Foles pushed each other everyday in practice and the competition was judged fairly according to Coach Nagy. Even though Trubisky was named the starter for now, if there is a struggle in play expect the Bears to switch in Foles at any given moment. 

 

Montgomery’s Breakout?

 

A big part of the Bears offensive struggles last season was the inability to run the football effectively. David Montgomery, heading into his second season, is expected to carry a greater role as the feature back in the Bears offense. He reportedly came into camp leaner and more explosive. There is a buzz around his performance in camp as he is seemingly ready to make the big jump as the full time back. Late into camp however, Montgomery slipped and suffered a noncontact groin injury. It is not expected to hold him back much, but the Bears have not announced his status for Week One. If he is healthy he will be the starter against Detroit.

 

Patterson’s New Role

 

About mid-way through camp, reports were coming out about Cordarrelle Patterson going to Running Back meetings. While there is no news of what role he is officially having in the backfield, the New England Patriots have previously used Patterson in the backfield as a Running Back. He is officially listed as a second string Wide Receiver by the Bears on the depth chart, however if he will be used in other capacities outside of special teams remains to be seen. 

 

Rookies

 

The Bears rookies have also been creating a lot of noise from camp. Tight End Cole Kmet has had great moments at camp, enough to earn the second spot at Tight End. Good things have come about his route running and run blocking. Rookie Cornerback Jaylon Johnson has also emerged as the next starting corner to line up opposite of Kyle Fuller. He has won the starting job and has heavy expectations on an elite defense in the NFL.

 

Defense

 

On the subject of defense, the Bears are returning the majority of their players on the defensive side of the football. Stars like Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, and Danny Trevathan are all fully healthy again. Players on the defensive side of the ball have been praised for the shape that they have come into camp in. Reports have come out about how players like Mack had outstanding offseasons that have translated into camp. The Bears will feature several new starters on the defensive side of the ball such as former Cowboys Edge Rusher Robert Quinn, former Texans safety Tashaun Gipson, and rookie Jaylon Johnson. If this defense can stay healthy it should look to once again be among the league’s best.

 

Allen Robinson and An Extension

 

Heading into Week One, the Bears and Wide Receiver Allen Robinson II are yet to come into agreement on an extension. It is unclear if the Bears have made an offer or if any negotiations have started at all in this time.

 

2020 Unofficial Depth Chart:

 

Offense:

 

Position Starter
QB  Mitchell Trubisky
RB David Montgomery
WR Allen Robinson II
WR Anthony Miller
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
TE Jimmy Graham
RT Bobby Massie
RG  Germain Ifedi
C Cody Whitehair
LG James Daniels
LT Charles Leno Jr.

 

Defense:

 

Position Starter
DT Akiem Hicks
NT Bilal Nichols
DE Roy Robertson-Harris
OLB  Khalil Mack
ILB Roquan Smith
ILB Danny Trevathan
OLB Robert Quinn
CB  Kyle Fuller
S Tashaun Gipson Sr.
Eddie Jackson
CB Jaylon Johnson

 

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