Predicting the Chicago Bears starting offensive line

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Chicago Bears’2022 starting offensive line prediction

  • LT: Julién Davenport/Larry Borom (?)
  • LG: Cody Whitehair
  • C: Lucas Patrick
  • RG: Doug Kramer*
  • RT: Teven Jenkins
  • Rotational: Larry Borom (OT), Zachary Thomas (OT/OG)*, Braxton Jones (OT)*, and Ja’Tyre Carter (OL)*
    * rookie year

As the list indicates, left tackle is the position that seems to have more question marks around it.

Left Tackle

With Teven Jenkins taking more reps at the position he played most in college — right tackle — the left tackle position looks to be up for grabs.

Because of that and because of the impact Larry Borom had in his rookie season after being a fifth-round selection out of Mizzou, there’s a possibility that he suits up at left tackle. It’s also possible that within the left tackle battle in camp this offseason, the former Indianapolis Colt Julién Davenport could also see reps at left tackle.

Left Guard

At left guard, it’s Cody Whitehair. In his career thus far with the Chicago Bears, he’s played mainly center. That said, due to his size and experience, it’s likely he kicks out to LG, as a new face has cemented himself in at the C position.


This one is pretty simple. Lucas Patrick has been cemented as the starting center. When he was brought into the Bears’ offense this past offseason, it was clear what he’d be doing, and that is playing center for the Chicago Bears.

Right Guard

This is another position that will likely induce a battle between a few players. That said, out of the potential right guards, it’s apparent that Doug Kramer could be the best option there. While this trait doesn’t mean too much in terms of production, Kramer is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan. It’s possible that due to that, playing for the team means more, meaning more effort and more pride will be put into the work Kramer produces.

Right Tackle

After a rookie season full of headlines and uncertainty, Teven Jenkins looks to bounce back in his sophomore season. At Oklahoma State, Jenkins was a late-first or early-second-round talent due to his play at RT. So, it’d be smart of the Chicago Bears to put him back in that position to build the confidence it takes to be an offensive tackle in the NFL— specifically with the Chicago Bears and their very vocal fan base.

Rotational Players

In case of injury, poor performance, or any other situation that causes a player to miss time, these players could potentially step in and make a positive impact. If Borom doesn’t earn a starting spot, he’ll absolutely be a lineman the Bears can depend on to step in and make a positive impact. Along with Borom, Zachary Thomas, Braxton Jones, and Ja’Tyre Carter could all see themselves getting snaps if the stars align.

Carter brings versatility, as he’s a lineman that could actually step in at all five spots and likely make a positive impact. Zachary Thomas is more of a tackle or guard, while Braxton Jones will likely only be used at tackle, barring something unforeseen.

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All-in-all, the Bears don’t have a perfect offensive line, but their line should look better than it did last year. Whether that’s due to the scheming of the offense, performance by the linemen themselves, or a perfect combination of the two.