Chicago Bears: 4 Players fans love to hate heading into 2020

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Chicago Bears, Charles Leno
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Charles Leno, Jr., LT

The Bears’ offensive line seems to be the weakest link of the unit, and the left tackle position is probably the most important spot along the offensive front. Although Charles Leno Jr. was given a healthy four-year contract extension in 2017, the one-time Pro Bowler hasn’t completely impressed on the field. In 2019, Leno was one of the reasons for many of Chicago’s stalled offensive drives.

The thing is, Leno has proven to be an adequate left tackle prior to his 2019 season. As a collective though, the offensive line did not mesh well at all in 2019. What needs to happen for the Bears offense to succeed is Leno needs to find his 2017 and 2018 form when he earned a PFF grade of over 75 both years.

According to Gene Chamberlain of Sports Illustrated, the seven-year veteran out of Boise State allowed seven sacks and was tied for fourth in the NFL in penalties (13) in 2019. Fortunately for Leno, there isn’t much depth at the left tackle position, so he really doesn’t have to worry about much competition in training camp. However, Leno will still have to live up to that $37 million dollars contract. If he doesn’t, there may be more Bears fans hating him in the very near future.