Chicago Bears: Five evolving storylines at training camp

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Chicago Bears, Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom
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The offensive line is suffering from injuries and a lack of depth

Chicago Bears Storyline No. 5: Key injuries and lackluster play on the offensive line

Unfortunately, not all of the stories coming out of camp are positive. The new-look offensive line is struggling right now, and it is a bit concerning. Teven Jenkins has a nagging back injury, Larry Borom is in concussion protocol, and Elijah Wilkinson, Germain Ifedi, and James Daniels are under health and safety protocols right now.

The projected starting line was going to be Jenkins, Daniels, Sam Mustipher, Whitehair, and Ifedi. After Jenkins went down with an injury, Borom was getting the starting reps at tackle.

The Bears are relying a lot on rookies to be their depth at tackle. Unfortunately, with Jenkins’ injury history and the lack of depth at tackle, things are getting a bit scary. The offense was held back a lot last year due to poor offensive line play, and the hope was that it would be better this year. For that to happen the Bears should look into signing a veteran tackle that could either start or provide depth.

If Jenkins continues to have a lingering back injury, we might be seeing Larry Borom as a starter come Week 1, which could be a bit concerning since he still is a raw prospect. Ensuring the offensive line has enough depth to make up for injuries will be a necessity in keeping the success of the offense high.

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A lot of good stories are emerging as camp goes on. Stellar quarterback play and a fluid-looking offense have been breaths of fresh air. The defense continues to look solid with some position battles heating up. If the offensive line can find its footing, it can be one of the best camps in a while for the Bears.