Chicago Bears Round 5: Braxton Jones
In a year where the Chicago Bears needed to find clarity on Braxton Jones, it is looking like they now have seven games to find that. Jones started the year off slow, like most of the team. Honestly, he played well on a per-snap rate but had an ugly loss to Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in week two and had five penalties in two games. Then, he went on the IR for six weeks with a neck injury.
He returned against the New Orleans Saints, and it was rocky. He committed two more penalties and was up and down in all areas. To be fair, it was his first game back; it was in the dome, and raucous crowd of New Orleans, and the Bears insisted on subbing him out for a few series at a time, making it hard to find his groove.
In week 10, he was much better. To his credit, he turned around on a short week and looks ready to go for the rest of the year. It was his cleanest game on the resume. On the other side, he was a lot of Eku Leota and DJ Johnson because of the injuries to the Panthers. That was not the best competition to gauge his level of play.
Still, just watching Larry Borom for six weeks makes you appreciate an average left tackle, even if that is all that Jones is.
Braxton Jones Grade: C+