The Chicago Bears are now ten games into the 2023 season, and we are past the halfway mark. So, with the mini-bye and with a chance to look back at the first ten games and the first half of the season, we are going to grade the Bears offensive line.
We graded this as recently as week six, so you can see how the grades have changed.
Grading Chicago Bears Left Tackles
Larry Borom: 406 snaps
Primary matchups: Mike Danna, Felix Anuduike-Uzomah, Nik Bonitto, Jonathan Cooper, Chase Young, Pat Jones, DJ Wonnum, Tyree Wilson, Malcolm Koonce, Tuli Tuipulotu, Khalil Mack, Carl Granderson
Larry Borom has proven to be a problem. He started for the Bears from week three to week eight, and he played a bit in week nine to help Braxton Jones get eased in. However, in week ten, he saw zero snaps, and barring health, it will be the last we see of Borom.
The last snap we did see was a strip sack allowed to Carl Granderson to end a potential game-tying drive. The issue with Borom is that while guys like Khalil Mack and Chase Young are expected to have success, Borom was struggling against Tyree Wilson, DJ Wonnum, and Carl Granderson. They are all fine rushers, but all had some of their best games against Larry Borom.
Larry Borom Grade: D
Braxton Jones: 248 snaps
Primary matchups: Preston Smith, Justin Hollins, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Anthony Nelson, Carl Granderson, Eku Leota, Amare Barno
Braxton Jones played the first two games and finally returned in week nine. He played just 74% of the snaps, but with a quick turnaround to a Thursday game, they wanted him to be rested. Jones played the entire game on Thursday. It helps that he had an injured Panthers front, but Jones had his best game yet and held things down. He was penalty-free, which has been an issue for him in recent weeks.
Braxton Jones Grade: B-