Chicago Bears: Predicting the offensive line for 2021

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Chicago Bears, James Daniels
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Right Guard: James Daniels

Prior to suffering a season-ending injury, James Daniels looked like the best offensive linemen on the Bears’ roster. He dominated almost all of his opponents every week paving the way for Montgomery.

Daniels was a second-round pick back in 2018 to be their guard for one season and then their center the next season. Showing his value at left guard, he earned a spot on ESPN’s All-Rookie team in 2018. Next season, the Bears experimented with him at center for it to fail completely. They then switched him back to left guard and it worked much better.

There are only two questions surrounding Daniels. The main one is how healthy will Daniels be next season? He suffered a torn pec much like Roquan Smith did last season in Week 14. Smith was able to return to 100% before even training camp, so expect the same from Daniels as his injury was much earlier in the season.

The other question regarding Daniels is if he can play right guard. Although he has experience at left guard, it isn’t necessarily the same as playing right guard. He played one game at right guard as a rookie, but that still isn’t a lot of experience.