3 Bears Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season
By Zach Brunner
The Chicago Bears had a disappointing 2019 season, which followed the disappointing double-doink playoffs exit the season prior. The Bears were viewed as a team that was a quarterback away from legitimately competing. While Chicago is no stranger to criticisms surrounding their passer, they actually made a move in hopes of improving this weakness.
The Bears traded for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles this offseason. If this move fixes this weakness like they hope, Chicago could quickly become a contender in the NFC. This is a lot of pressure, on both the players and coach Matt Nagy. Knowing his team needs to improve quickly, Nagy could have a short leash with many of his players.
With that in mind, these are three Bears that are most in danger of losing their starting jobs.
1. Mitch Trubisky, QB
As we previously mentioned, Mitch Trubisky was viewed as the biggest weakness on the Bears last season and has been labeled as a bust by many. Not only did he play poorly last season, his team traded for Foles in order to replace him. Foles currently has -320 odds to be the Week 1 starter, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, following Chicago declining Trubisky's fifth-year option. These odds do not only put Trubisky's job in danger, it nearly labels him the backup before any competition has begun. On the other side of the coin, the quarterback uncertainty means that Foles, too, will be at risk of losing the starting job if he wins it to open the season.
2. Jimmy Graham, TE
They say that tight end is one of the toughest positions for rookies to contribute right away, since they are a multifaceted position. Tight ends are asked to pass protect, run block and run routes. Luckily for rookie Cole Kmet, he is competing with veteran Jimmy Graham, whose struggles late into his career are well-documented. Graham was never good at blocking, instead thriving as a receiving tight end, due to his athleticism. Injuries and aging has done quite a bit of damage on the former college basketball player's athleticism, and he could see the sideline more often than his contract says he should.
3. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
That's right, Cordarrelle Patterson is currently penciled in as a starter for the Bears. This is mostly by default, after Taylor Gabriel became a free agent. Patterson actually carried the ball more times than he caught it last season (17 carries compared to 11 receptions). Chicago used a fifth-round draft pick to select Darnell Mooney out of Tulane. He is a speedy receiver that they traded up for. He could become a better version of Patterson and take his job quickly, if they do not sign someone else to do it sooner.
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