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Bears Testing Major Shakeup to Offensive Line After First Preseason Game

Devon Platana
The Chicago Bears are testing a major shakeup to the offensive line after their first preseason game.
The Chicago Bears are testing a major shakeup to the offensive line after their first preseason game. / AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The Chicago Bears defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-14, to open their preseason, but there wasn't a ton to be proud of in the victory. Unable to generate offense, the Bears were outscored 14-0 in the first half, resulting in a major offensive line shakeup being tested in practice.

Bears insider Brad Biggs reported that the Bears were testing out Teven Jenkins at right guard with the reserve players Monday morning. The former 2021 second-round pick was drafted as a tackle, but it's clear that Chicago thinks that this move could help him blossom.

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Fellow Bears reported Jacob Infante also sees this as a good move for Teven. Infante says that the sophomore is "more likely to crack the starting lineup as a guard," which seems to be true given the presence of tackles like Riley Reiff, Larry Borom and 2022 fifth-round pick Braxton Jones.

Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy thinks that Jenkins can succeed playing a new position. Getsy told reporters after practice that "guards get stressed mentally more than the tackles" and that the 24-year-old's mental fortitude is something that could help him excel in the system.

A back injury limited Jenkins to only two starts over six games in 2021. Unfortunately, he couldn't make the most of his opportunities. Playing 160 offensive snaps, the former Oklahoma State guard took seven penalties while giving up a pair of sacks. With the Bears wanting to guarantee Justin Fields' protection, a similar performance can't happen.

Clearly, improvements must be made regardless of where Jenkins lines up. The 58 sacks that Chicago gave up in 2021 was the worst mark across the NFL, highlighting that the entire Bears o-line must be better if they want to climb out of depths of mediocrity this fall.

Bears Playoff Odds

While the offensive line was bad last year, the reality is that the Bears need everyone on their team to step up to make the playoffs this year. For now, FanDuel Sportsbook has Chicago available at +410 odds to make the 2022-23 NFL postseason, equating to an implied probability of 19.6%.

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