Though the 2021 Season has been a disaster for the Chicago Bears, a few players have stood out and are ready to take the next step next season.
At 4-10, there is more anger and gloom in the Windy City than excitement when mentioning anything that involves the Chicago Bears. Despite that, there is a positive light that is dim but still burning, it being the young talent on the roster.
It is highly likely that the franchise will be undergoing a massive shakeup in the weeks to come, and eventually, aging players with high cap hits will soon be cleaning out their lockers to make way for a new batch of cubs.
As currently constructed, the Chicago Bears stand at 4-10, out of the playoff hunt, with no first-round pick and limited cap space and draft capital. However, they are fortunate that some young players who are barely starting to scratch the surface and could take a giant leap and bound next season to restore credibility to this organization.
Which Chicago Bears players are poised for a big jump in 2022?
Though Ryan Pace has made several errors regarding free agency and the draft, his only saving grace is his ability to find players in later rounds that come in and contribute right away by flashing potential.
All that said, here are three players who will take the next step in 2022 and be building blocks for the future.
3. Teven Jenkins, Offensive Tackle
If you didn’t watch Monday Night Football, you saw anger and aggression from Teven Jenkins when he saw his franchise quarterback get hit and take it out on the Vikings. Also, kudos to him for braving Germain Ifedi’s tirade towards him. If anything, Ifedi’s lack of concern for his quarterback and priority of not helping is what’s wrong with this team at the current juncture.
But enough about Ifedi, he’s likely going to be gone soon. Not Jenkins, not after a team did what they did to get him, and not after what they saw from this young man against a Vikings defensive line that is still formidable. Moreover, he showed that he can play the left tackle position despite playing right tackle in college.
Larry Borom was a candidate as well to be mentioned, and he certainly can take the next step to pair with Jenkins as solid offensive tackles to protect Fields in the future. Still, it harkens back to Jenkins, and the investment Chicago made in him despite having back issues coming out of college and undergoing back surgery earlier this season.