We are all hopeful that the NFL will find a way to have a season safely. With the anticipation of that truly happening, these Chicago Bears players will suffer most from a shortened preseason.
The Chicago Bears are coming off a disappointing 8-8 season. The team underperformed in many areas; mostly on offense. This offseason was supposed to be about finding the missing pieces needed to run the offense more efficiently. Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy have done a somewhat decent job addressing certain holes, but until we can see it on the field who knows if they made the right decisions or not.
The Bears went out and brought in true competition at quarterback just as Pace said he would at the end of the year press conference. With a compensatory fourth-round pick the Bears were awarded for losing Adrian Amos in free agency to the Packers, Pace made a trade for former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
With a tight end group that failed to produce a single tight end with over 100 yards receiving last season, the position needed to be a major priority. Not many are happy about Pace signing Jimmy Graham as an answer but do not sleep on him this year. He is not going to gain 1,000 yards, but I can guarantee he improves the offense.
On defense, the team cut ties with Leonard Floyd and replaced him with Robert Quinn. Quinn will be an upgrade opposite Khalil Mack over Floyd from a pass rush perspective. With a healthy Akiem Hicks, the front seven is going to be lethal this season. Behind them, Pace signed Tashaun Gipson to play next to Eddie Jackson and replace Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Outside of these free-agent acquisitions, the team also drafted two players who are projected to be day-one contributors. There are plenty of players on the team who will suffer from having only two preseason games and a shortened offseason program, but these five players will suffer the most in 2020.