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Chicago Bears Overreaction No. 3: Braxton Jones is the worst pass-blocker on the offensive line
This one isn’t actually too far off. If based on Pro Football Focus grades alone, Jones is the third-worst pass-blocking offensive lineman on the Chicago Bears with a pass-blocking PFF grade of 55.6.
That’s only behind Lucas Patrick (29.8) and Sam Mustipher (31.1), and the best thing Sam Mustipher did last night was fail at a flop attempt.
As for Braxton Jones, there is a level of understanding with him that he’s starting at one of the most difficult positions in the NFL as a fifth-round rookie.
That’s no easy job, and it’s understandable that he’d struggle against Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and/or Montez Sweat.
That, however, doesn’t excuse him from criticism.
Jones was a project tackle since being drafted, and yet, he’s starting at left tackle on a team that’s given up the most sacks in the season thus far, only tied with Carson Wentz.
And while Jones has only been credited with allowing four sacks, his lack of production is affecting the entire offense.
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While it’d be a cool story to see Braxton Jones make it in the league as a fifth-round left tackle, the Bears might want to spend some of that Khalil Mack money on an elite left tackle if they become available.