Chicago Bears: 5 training camp battles

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Julio Jones /
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Left Outside Linebacker

Leonard Floyd is set to be healthy for training camp. With that said, he should see the vast majority of the snaps at right outside linebacker. Across from him? Who the heck knows?

Last season, it was mainly Sam Acho. However, we know what we have in Acho. He is a rotational player. A fine depth piece. If the crap hits the fan, he can give you a few starts. Still, that does not mean you jump into week one with Acho at the helm.

The team signed Aaron Lynch. He likely has the most name value of the group so far. However, with that comes baggage of injuries and effort questions. There is a reason he came so cheap to Chicago. Still, Vic Fangio drafted Lynch and seems to have faith in him.

After Lynch is a cast of questionable names. First Kasim Edebali. Edebali has been a rotational piece for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints. There is some rotational talent there, but he is looking to make the roster on the back end.

Lastly is sixth-round pick Kylie Fitts, and UDFA Isaiah Irving. Fitts has upside and elite athleticism. However, he has injury questions as well and has issues with lateral movement and finishing sacks. Irving is not a high upside athlete, but a player who wins with strong technique. Still, after his only start as a rookie, he landed on the IR.

This position is a bit of a mess. The likely answer is that every name will a chance to make noise. However, the upside bets are Lynch and Fitts. Lynch can hold it down early into the season and hopefully guide Fitts into taking over this job for the future.