Chicago Bears experiment with offensive line in voluntary minicamp

Chicago Bears voluntary minicamp started Tuesday and new head coach Matt Eberflus is trying out players at different positions as a part of evaluating the talent the team has on its current roster.

Among the positions that were switched around included Teven Jenkins starting at right tackle and Larry Borom at left tackle. Both were draft picks of the Bears in 2021 and played significant time last season for the team.

The Bears had Larry Borom working at left tackle and Teven Jenkins lining up at right tackle, but Matt Eberflus said it’s a fluid evaluation: “We’re going to play with a lot of different combinations right now to see what guys to best.”

Jenkins, a second year product out of Oklahoma State, was injured through most of last season but played left tackle at the end of the 2021 campaign when Jason Peters was injured. Jenkins has played right tackle before, as he switched between sides in his collegiate days as a Cowboy.

Switching up combinations on the offensive line makes sense, with the 2021 team giving up the most sacks in the NFL at 58. This will have to be improved if the Bears want Justin Fields to have a chance to be successful. The Bears also have a few fresh faces on the line, even though a lot on that group will likely change after the 2022 NFL Draft.

This is the perfect time to try new combinations, with the new regime implementing new offensive and defensive systems. The Bears will especially be doing this on defense with the 4-3 defense, as linebackers like Trevis Gipson will reportedly be playing defensive end.

Having a full evaluation of the roster will be crucial for new general manager Ryan Poles, as he can take that information and apply it to find his needs in next week’s draft.

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