Heading into the offseason, the Chicago Bears had many holes. As the 2020 season is approaching, these three positions are still glaring weaknesses.
This offseason was about fixing areas of weakness. Ryan Pace has done a decent job addressing holes in the Chicago Bears roster. With Mitchell Trubisky’s game suspect after a poor 2019 season, the team brought in Nick Foles by sending a compensatory fourth-round pick to the Jaguars. Foles might not be the most talented quarterback the team could have brought in, but he is a solid insurance policy for a team looking for familiarity.
Beyond quarterback, the team felt that tight end was the biggest hole needing to be addressed. Signing Jimmy Graham and drafting Cole Kmet is definitely and upgrade and a step in the right direction after a poor performance by every tight end on the roster in 2019. Graham is more of a short-term fix, but the hope is that Kmet can be groomed into a top tight end in the NFL in Matt Nagy’s offense.
With a lack of pass rush last season, Ryan Pace attacked the hole by cutting ties with his first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd and instead signed pass rush specialist Robert Quinn. This is again an upgrade and if Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack and Quinn all stay healthy in 2020, the Chicago Bears pass rush might be the best in the NFL.
Cornerback was a hole that was also addressed in the 2020 NFL Draft. The team picked Jaylon Johnson with the 50th overall pick. Johnson had a first-round grade by many scouts and analysts. The team needs him to be the guy they envisioned or cornerback will be the fourth hole still needing to be addressed. With the current roster, these three positions still need to be addressed.