Offseason battles Chicago Bears fans should keep an eye on

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As we sit here today, there are a few positions locked in already for the Chicago Bears. For example, the quarterback position is locked up with Justin Fields as the starter. According to Fields, and even some of his teammates, he has felt more confident in his role knowing that he is the guy. It has changed his approach to being a leader within the locker room too. Although Fields is locked in as the QB1, there are some positions that Chicago Bears fans should keep an eye on this offseason.

The Chicago Bears have a few positions already locked in before training camp

Before we get into those camp battles that need to be focused on, let’s look at the rest of the positions that seem to be locked in place.


Justin Fields is the QB1 everyone. No outcry from fans and the media this year like we saw last season when the Chicago Bears Twitter account sent out a tweet with Andy Dalton saying only: QB1. Behind Fields is Trevor Siemian and Nathan “I throw interceptions” Peterman.

Running Back

David Montgomery is locked in as the top option. Khalil Herbert is most likely locked in as the RB2 and will see a decent amount of opportunities this year. Green Bay uses both of their running backs in a roughly 60/40 split and I would have to assume we see something similar here with Luke Getsy now running the show in Chicago. Behind them will be Darrynton Evans and Trestan Ebner.

Tight End

I think it is safe to assume that Cole Kmet will be the top option used at the tight end position. Kmet is the type of tight end that most teams really enjoy having on their roster. He’s an above-average pass catcher and an above-average blocker. There will be a small battle behind Kmet with newcomers Ryan Griffin, James O’Shaughnessy and Rysen John.

Safeties and Outside Corners

Eddie Jackson is locked in as the free safety and it seems fairly obvious that rookie, Jaquan Brisker is locked in as the strong safety. Fellow rookie, Kyler Gordon looks to be locked in as one of the starting outside corners. Jaylon Johnson has been practicing with the two’s but I don’t believe that this coaching staff believes he should be a backup.

Matt Eberflus mentioned Johnson needed conditioning, but I think it was just a statement made by the coaching staff for Johnson not showing up to voluntary minicamp and some comments said by Johnson a couple of weeks ago. Seeing Johnson moved back is just a statement being made that says no position is a guarantee and players need to earn it.

A few singular positions are also locked in at this point. Justin Jones will be the starting 3-technique on the defensive line. Robert Quinn, if not traded before the season starts, is locked in as one of the starting outside defensive ends. Now, let’s look at the key battles, we are going to see this offseason, that are not decided yet.