5 Chicago Bears who should be benched immediately

Chicago Bears (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /
4 of 6
Chicago Bears, Jason Peters
Chicago Bears (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Bears should bench Jason Peters

This one might seem strange. Jason Peters has been playing at an amazing level — especially for his age. At this point though, there is no reason to put him back out there once he heals from his ankle sprain that kept him out of the Week 15 matchup versus the Vikings.

Instead, the Chicago Bears should gladly pay him to remain on the bench and help teach and coach up their future — Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom. Jenkins had a few more mental mistakes in this last game, but he improved drastically over his brief stint in Week 14 when Peters went down with his ankle injury. Game reps will be important for the second-round rookie who missed most of the season due to back surgery.

Peters will need to take a seat for the final three games and watch Teven Jenkins play from the sidelines. Hopefully, Jenkins is soaking up Peters’ knowledge and can become the offensive lineman I know he can. I had a late first-round grade for Jenkins as the 2021 NFL Draft approached last spring and I have faith in him becoming a staple in this offensive line.

We know how Justin Fields feels about Jenkins as he sang his praises for sticking up for him after what appeared to be a late hit on the sideline. Honestly, this offensive line needs more of this mentality, as long as it’s not just for show. Olin Kreutz was known as a badass for a reason, even Kyle Long had grit to him when healthy. Who on this line brings that attitude these days? Let’s hope it’s going to be Jenkins.