Mid-Preseason Grades: Offensive Line

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Tom Compton
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Tom Compton /

How would every Offensive Lineman grade out after training camp and two games in the preseason?

Charles Leno, C

Leno has been an interesting case. He has not shown his upside yet this preseason, but he showed enough for the Bears to bank on him on a four-year extension. The Bears clearly think he can be a top half of the league performer, which is nice confidence to have in a player.

Kyle Long, I

Long is an incomplete. He has yet to hit the field in a major way with his ankle injury. Hopefully, he can get a week or so of full practice in before the regular season.

Cody Whitehair, B-

Whitehair had to shuffle to guard last week due to the injury to Long. This is not the best method of practice for a second-year player who already has limited experience at his main position of center.

Josh Sitton, B

Sitton missed some time early on, but he appears to be back in great game shape. He should be another major contributor in 2017.

Bobby Massie, A

Massie has continued to ascend since signing with the team. What once looked like a potential bust signing could turn into a solid addition to the Bears.

Bradley Sowell, A

Sowell has gotten the majority of the snaps as the team’s third tackle. He has the inside track at winning that job.

Tom Compton, B

Compton was noted for starting the Bears first preseason game at guard. The team moved him off of that starter spot after one week, though. Still, his position flexibility and the fact that the team may have just wanted an extended look at Hroniss Grasu at center still have him in good standing.

Hroniss Grasu, C

Grasu appears to be limited in versatility. Without Long at guard, the team has not attempted to move him for added depth and moved Whitehair instead. Being stuck at center does not help you value. It also does not help that Grasu has had a shaky start since coming back from his ACL injury a year ago.

Next: Tight End grades

William Poehls, B-

Poehls has been able to log in snaps at guard and tackle. The versatility is a needed feather in his cap, but he has not done enough to warrant real roster consideration.

Jordan Morgan, A

Morgan has transitioned from tackle to guard and it has gone smoothly. The team has been pleased with his progress, and he has not stuck out as a developmental risk either.