Chicago Bears Statistical Breakdown: offensive tackle

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How did the Chicago Bears fare at the tackle position in 2017?

The Chicago Bears group of tackles are not elite by any means. However, at times, they are also an underrated group. How did the group wind up performing in 2017?

Charles Leno made every single star at left tackle for the Chicago Bears. That is the second straight year he was able to put in a full season of work, since taking over the starting job three years ago. According to Pro Football Focus, Leno as an 80, an above average tackle and the 15th best in the league. He averaged out about in the same spot as a run and pass blocker. He allowed five sack this season.

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Bobby Massie was able to make 15 out of his 16 starts this season. The start he missed came late into the season, when the team was already out of contention. Massie allowed one less sack than Leno, but overall did not grade out as well. He finished with a 69.9 grade, which marks him as average. That put him at 39th amongst tackles.

Bradley Sowell was the one who filled in for Massie when he went down to end the season. Sowell played 297 snaps all season, but only 56 were at right tackle. Sowell typically plays tackle, but spent most of his season at guard due to other injuries. According to PFF, his time on the field graded out to be a 40, which is poor. This is no surprise given that he is a replacement player spending a lot of time out of position.