There are some that think that Chicago didn’t have adequate play along the offensive line last year. For the most part, they did do a pretty nice job but injuries kept them down. They didn’t need a complete overhaul but instead, needed to add some depth and that’s what they did by adding Tom Compton. Compton, a former offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins has been in the league for five seasons. In those five seasons, he has just ten starts in the 60 games he has played. This shows that he has not been able to crack the starting lineup since coming into the NFL.
The thing that Compton lacks the most is starting experience. So what will he do in Chicago? Will he start? Can he even make the team?
The Bears saw something in Compton that made them bring him in. He will probably be a backup when it’s all said and done adding some needed depth to the offensive line.
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Tight end Dion Sims has been touted as a solid pick-up and one that could help the Bears out on offense. But some feel that he’s a costly unproductive acquisition that isn’t going to do much good. If we take a look at his production since he came into the league in 2013 we see that he has 74 catches for 699 yards and eight touchdowns. He has started just 22 times and most of them did come last year.
With Zach Miller perpetually on the sidelines with an injury, the Bears needed to find someone to help catch passes at the tight end position. The Bears thought that they could get some would could be a first or second player at the position. However, the free agent market at tight end was slim. We can only hope that Sims continues on the upward trend he took last year and can be a solid contributor the Bears next season and beyond.