Plenty of key faces arrive at Halas Hall for the Chicago Bears voluntary workouts

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When a new head coach is hired in the NFL, teams are allowed to report for voluntary workouts two weeks earlier than clubs that retain their coach. Since the Chicago Bears parted ways with Matt Nagy at the end of the 2021 season and replaced him with Matt Eberflus, the Bears are one of those teams that get to report early.

This is important because it allows new head coaches more time to install their new ways of doing things, new playbooks and more. Since these workouts are considered voluntary, not all players will report. Right now, the Chicago Bears have 57 players on the roster and although we cannot confirm how many arrived at Halas Hall yesterday, we can point out a few key faces.

The Chicago Bears reported for voluntary workouts on April 4, 2022

Third-year defensive EDGE rusher, Trevis Gipson reported. Gipson should have a great opportunity in Matt Eberflus’ defensive scheme now that Khalil Mack was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers. It is important for him to be at these voluntary workouts. He is coming off a career year with seven sacks.

Teven Jenkins is another key name. He needs to build upon the end of his 2021 season and show that he can remain healthy after his back surgery last year. Seeing him out there will be key for new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and new offensive line coach Chris Morgan. As of now, we don’t know how the offensive line will shake out, but Jenkins needs to be a key player if this team will have any success in 2022.

Cole Kmet is another player to arrive at these workouts. Like Gipson, Kmet is entering his third season and coming off his best year since entering the NFL. Gipson is one of the players who has worked out on his own with quarterback Justin Fields. He had a great year receiving but needs to find a way to put up touchdowns.

Speaking of Justin Fields, he too has arrived at Halas Hall. Fields needs to take a big step from last year to this year and despite not having big-name weapons, he and Darnell Mooney are building on their strong connection that started last season. Fields also showed enough in key areas to give hope to not only a jump from year one to year two but also hope that he lives up to the hype of becoming a star within the NFL.

Other key players who are confirmed to have arrived for voluntary workouts include:

  • David Montgomery, RB
  • Lucas Patrick, OL
  • Cody Whitehair, OL
  • Justin Jones, DT
  • Nicholas Morrow, LB
  • Larry Borom, OL
  • Khalil Herbert, RB
  • Roquan Smith, LB
  • Khyris Tonga, DT
  • Dazz Newsome, WR
  • Eddie Jackson, S