Chicago Bears: Way-too-early prediction of 2021 Week 1 offensive starters
The 2021 NFL offseason is still in full swing. However, now that free agency frenzy, the 2021 NFL Draft and rookie minicamps are in the books, all that’s left is OTAs (voluntary) and a final full minicamp (mandatory), followed by three preseason games. This does not leave much time for the Chicago Bears to determine if any new faces should make the team or be promoted up the depth chart.
At least we should feel a little better about this offseason compared to last year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s offseason program was chaotic. At least this year the rookies will have an opportunity to practice (as they did last week) and fully learn the playbook. We did not even know if a season was going to take place at this point last year.
The Chicago Bears have made a few key additions to the team despite the inability to make any splash moves due to salary cap restraints. Instead, the splash moves Ryan Pace made came in the first and second rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Trading up for Justin Fields and Teven Jenkins is as bold of a move as anyone could have made. Will both, or at least one, pay off? Only time will tell.
Many fans want to know who will start at quarterback at the beginning of the year. Will it be Andy Dalton who has been declared as the ‘QB1’ or will it be the breath of fresh air, Justin Fields? How will the offensive line shake out? Who will be atop the depth chart at cornerback and who will fall into that WR3 category? Well, let’s take a way-too-early guess at the offensive side of the ball, shall we?