The Chicago Bears wrapped up their mandatory minicamp last week and with it their off-season schedule. Now, they have a long summer break before returning to Halas Hall for training camp on July 26th.
It was certainly an eventful offseason to say the least, which included many changes ranging from a new regimen to key veterans departures and the addition of some younger faces.
There have been many storylines that have taken place over the course of the organized team activities and the mandatory mini-camp, including some that are expected to be moved into training camp.
Now that the dust has settled on the offseason schedule, let’s take a look at which players saw their shares increase and which players saw their shares decrease prior to retirement.
It’s safe to say that no one expected the shares of fifth-round rookie Braxton Jones to go up that quickly. But Jones clearly impressed the coaching staff for picking up first team reps on left tackle during the final week of OTA and the entire mandatory mini-camp. Although the Bears’ offensive line is far from established, as all combinations are open, Jones has emerged as a legitimate contender for the starting left tackle job.
As Jones shares have risen, last year’s round two selection Teven Jenkins faces a direct challenge at training camp. After seeing the reps with the starters at the right contrast during the first half of the off-season schedule, Jenkins was moved to the second team, where he played in the same position. Matt Eberflus wants to take a good look at different combinations of offensive lines, which could include Jenkins not among the starters. Fortunately, there is still a long way to go before week 1.
The Jaquan Brisker round two selection made a big impression during the off-season program, where it seems the Bears have something special. Brisker should immediately contribute as a rookie, where he would start with a strong confidence in the face of Eddie Jackson. He has been working with the owners throughout the off season. Brisker showed off his athleticism and ballhawk skills during the off-season, which left his coaches excited about his potential.
On the one hand, Kyler Gordon, the top pick in the draft, soon impressed his coaches with his turnovers and skillset. But on the other hand, Gordon missed the entire mandatory mini-camp with what appears to be a minor injury. Even though Gordon’s stock is down after the offseason schedule, that’s no reason to worry that his status is heading towards training camp and regular season, where he should start outside alongside. Jaylon Johnson.
Despite the questions surrounding him and some tough off-season training, the arrow points towards quarterback Justin Fields after the off-season schedule. Fields did most of the rehearsals in rehearsal, where he had a lot of chances to work with what is almost a new supporting cast. Not enough has been done on the Bears ‘new attack, which will satisfy Fields’ strengths, including setting him in motion. Things aren’t perfect right now. But he’s getting most of the reps, which couldn’t have been said a year ago.
Robert Quinn is coming out of an impressive season where he set a franchise record in a single season with 18.5 sack. Unfortunately for Eberflus, Quinn missed the entire off-season schedule. Quinn has not been excused from the mandatory minicamp, where he is currently training away from the team, and that has sparked speculation about his future. Considering Quinn is a leader on this team and learning a new pattern, it’s not exactly encouraging that he’s been absent all along.
While the Bears would definitely like to have Quinn, her absence – along with that of newcomer Al-Quadin Muhammad – has given some younger players more repetitions this off-season. Trevis Gipson is coming for an encouraging second season, where he has thrived to rescue an injured Khalil Mack. Gipson is set for a starter role in 2022. But it is round five rookie Dominique Robinson who has benefited the most, as he and Gipson have been working with the starters this off-season.