5 Chicago Bears who should flash in joint practices with Dolphins

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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 22: Elijah Wilkinson #68 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field during starting lineup introductions before a game against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

4. Elijah Wilkerson

As noted, the Chicago Bears tackle situation has been a mess. Elijah Wilkerson being on the COVID-19 list was adding to these issues. However, with some players added to the injury list while he was out, Wilkerson cleared protocols and should be slotted into first-team reps at left tackle for the foreseeable future.

The Dolphins do not have an elite edge presence on their pass rush, and their best competition for Wilkerson may be Jaelen Phillips, a rookie albeit a first-round pick. Still, this should be a week where Wilkerson attempts to make it tough to remove him from that starting left tackle chair.

Considering Teven Jenkins is behind due to an injury, it would not hurt Chicago if they saw a great week from Wilkerson as he gets his feet against a weaker pass rusher.