Every expectation is that Germain Ifedi will start at right guard. Reports out of practice have met the expectations.
After the draft, it started to seem apparent that the Chicago Bears were going to start Germain Ifedi at right guard. After losing Kyle Long, and knowing that Rashaad Coward was too raw to go back to as your only option, the Bears did not put many resources into the spot.
Ifedi is a former first-round pick who was signed on the cheap, likely because he played right tackle the past three seasons, and is now going to get a shot at right guard. Still, beyond Ifedi, Cody Levin, Arlington Hambright, and Lachavious Simmons are the only names brought in to add to the right guard room from 2019.
None of those names stand out. So, while the starting right guard should not be handed to a first-round pick who was a bust at right tackle and will now change positions to revive his career, he had a huge head start over the competition.
So far in camp, it appears that Ifedi is getting the starter treatment and has been getting praised for his work.
Sure, it is practice, but Akiem Hicks is working himself back from injury and knows he needs to test the potential right guard. Kyle Long also noted that Hicks was his favorite sparring partner for their intense sessions.
With that in mind, Ifedi handling Hicks is better to praise than the typical coach-speak that you hear. Even if it is just a rep or two.
Beyond that, Castillo weighed in on his status in a position battle.
Could this just be motivation? Yes. Is Castillo saying that Ifedi is kicking ass at right guard? It could be interpreted that way.
Still, while there are a few position battles that are worth watching, it seems that Ifedi is the right guard until we hear otherwise.