Top 5 Bears players to watch in preseason Week 2 vs Seahawks

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After beating the Kansas City Chiefs in their preseason opener last week, the Chicago Bears travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

Head coach Matt Eberflus stated that the starters would play but only a few snaps. Being a short week, he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on their bodies. He said some starters would play 6-10 snaps while others about 20 and that it would be on an individual case.

We saw the offense struggle a bit to move the ball last week. Quarterback Justin Fields only played 18 snaps and was sacked twice. He was also hurried and knocked down a couple of other times. The offensive line was missing a few key players so hopefully, they come back and shore up the protection.

With the starters playing limited snaps, we get to see more of the backups. They did an excellent job in the comeback victory so let’s see if they can keep the momentum up for another week.

There are five players we should look at against the Seahawks. We need to see how they play after one game under their belts. Here they are:

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Chicago Bears to watch vs. Seahawks: Teven Jenkins, Right Guard

It is interesting to look at the line above that says Teven Jenkinsright guard. When the Chicago Bears drafted him in the second round last year they had him penciled in as the future left tackle.

However, a back injury and a new regime cost Jenkins a spot at tackle. The Bears have veteran Riley Reiff and rookie Braxton Jones handling left tackle. On the right side, the coaches are happy with Larry Borom at tackle.

Jenkins looked like he was the odd man out and would be a backup. There were even trade talks surrounding him.

Then the coaches did something that many experts expected them to make — move Jenkins over to right guard. Coming out of college, a lot of experts thought that Jenkins would be better suited at guard than at tackle. They thought he had short arms and his footwork was too slow to handle quick pass rushers.

At guard, however, Jenkins doesn’t have to worry about the edge. He’ll be in traffic and can utilize his incredible strength. He could be better at right guard than Kyle Long was when he was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Michael Schofield’s struggles opened the door for Jenkins. He really looked bad last week. The coaches might feel that Schofield might be better off as a backup so they’re giving Jenkins his shot at winning the job.

We’ll get to see how Jenkins handles the position on Thursday. If he does a good job there, he could end up being the front-runner for the spot.