2018 intensity chart

Tackles

1. Charles Leno
Utilization: 16 video games, 99.Three % of offensive snaps
2019 standing: $8.nine million cap hit

Leno’s secure growth since being picked within the 7th around of Phil Emery’s ultimate draft endured in 2018, with the 27-year-old permitting 32 pressures on 634 go blockading snaps — more or less in step with drive charges of veterans just like the Rams’ Andrew Whitworth and the Giants’ Nate Solder. Leno used to be cast as a run blocker, regardless that as is the case with the remainder of the road (and the training group of workers, and the working again unit) there’s room for growth. 

His sturdiness is vital, too: The one snaps he ignored in 2018 have been in that season-ending win over the Minnesota Vikings, when Matt Nagy pulled a variety of starters within the fourth quarter. The remaining time Leno didn’t play 100 % of his workforce’s offense snaps in a sport earlier used to be Week Three of the 2015 season. 

In the meantime, Leno’s 2019 cap hit ranks 20th amongst left tackles, consistent with Spotrac. The contract extension he signed previous to the 2017 season regarded even higher in 2018, as Leno endured to construct at the upside he confirmed early in his occupation. 

2. Bobby Massie 
Utilization: 16 video games, 99.Five % of offensive snaps
2019 standing: $3.Eight million cap hit

Simplest 3 tackles with over 1,000 snaps allowed fewer pressures than Massie — the ones being the Chiefs’ Mitchell Schwartz, the Seahawks’ Duane Brown and the Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley. That’s excellent corporate through which to be. 

Moreover, most effective 4 tackles with over 1,000 snaps dedicated fewer consequences than Massie’s 4, and he allowed only one sack, two hits and 23 pressures, consistent with Professional Soccer Center of attention. With that backdrop, Ryan Tempo’s transfer to signal Massie to a freelance extension appears to be like sensible — particularly given how his contract is structured, preserving his cap hit low in 2019. With Leno and Massie in combination once more, the Bears can transfer ahead with self assurance their tackles will stay Mitch Trubisky upright once more this season. 

3. Bradley Sowell
Utilization: 16 video games, 4.7 % of offensive snaps, 17.7 % of particular groups snaps
2019 standing: $1.Eight million cap hit

Sowell suits neatly as a swing take on who used to be utilized in a couple of other ways remaining yr: As a 6th offensive lineman (30 snaps, one among which used to be on “Santa’s Sleigh”), as a fullback (8 snaps, all in Week 17 towards the Vikings) and within the slot (one snap). The query for Tempo, regardless that: Do all the ones characteristics make him value preserving within the face of a possible $1.Five million in cap financial savings by way of chopping him?

The solution is, almost certainly, sure. Sowell performed neatly in 2017 as each a guard and a take on, and his athleticism does permit Nagy to do a little outside-the-box issues with him. However with out a lot cap area to be had, possibly Tempo will roll the cube with an unproven backup for inexpensive. 

4. Rashaad Coward
Utilization: zero video games
2019 standing: Unique rights loose agent

Coward had a tribulation by way of fireplace in 2018, when he needed to learn to play proper take on whilst in large part lining up towards Khalil Mack all through mid-week practices at Halas Corridor. He’s an intriguing prospect, one the Bears weren’t prepared to possibility shedding by way of looking to sneak him onto the apply squad remaining yr. Relying on the type of enlargement he confirmed below the tutelage of Harry Hiestand, he may just be again in a reserve function in 2019. 

5. Cornelius Lucas
Utilization (with New Orleans Saints): 1 sport, Five % of offensive snaps
2019 standing: Reserve/long run contract

Lucas is a five-year veteran who’s gave the impression in 37 video games in his occupation, however most effective performed in as soon as in each and every of the remaining two seasons (lone begins with the Rams in 2017 and Saints in 2018). If the Bears have been to section with Sowell, he’d have a chance to compete to be the workforce’s swing take on this yr. 

6. Dejon Allen
Utilization: Apply squad
2019 standing: Reserve/long run contract

Allen spent 2018 at the Bears’ apply squad, and the 6-foot-3, 290 pound Hawaii alum could have a shot at sticking round as a tradition squad participant once more in 2019. 

Guards

1. James Daniels
Utilization: 16 video games, 70.nine % of offensive snaps
2019 standing: $1,579,581 cap hit

Daniels continuously stepped forward all the way through his rookie season, and acquitted himself neatly because the Bears muted the affect Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald had on their 15-6 win over the Rams in December. His long run appears to be like brilliant because the Bears appear to transport ahead with Cody Whitehair as their heart and Daniels locked in at left guard. 

“We adore the place he is headed,” offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich stated remaining month. “He is a man that once more is more or less a quietly assured, he is naturally a quiet man and the extra you are round him, I feel he simply has that calmness. … We imagine in him. It is not a state of affairs the place we’re going ‘Howdy we need to flip this fashion or that method or the opposite.’ He’ll have some difficult matchups and we predict him to win them.”

2. Kyle Lengthy
Utilization: Eight video games, 47.Five % of offensive snaps
2019 standing: $8.Five million cap hit

Lengthy turns out like a candidate to have his contract re-structured, because the Bears price his presence but in addition is probably not all for committing $8.Five million to a guard — and a guard who hasn’t performed a complete season since 2015. The Bears declined to select up Josh Sitton’s $Eight million possibility a yr in the past, opting to interchange him with a mixture of Eric Kush and James Daniels. 

When wholesome, Lengthy is significant to the Bears’ luck working the ball. The excellent news is he stated on locker cleanout day he feels assured in his well being — “no knives this offseason,” he quipped. “It’s gonna be beautiful superior. Jettisoning Lengthy, too, would depart an important hollow in the proper aspect of an offensive line that another way is returning all of its starters from 2018. How the Bears means Lengthy within the coming weeks and months will likely be a very powerful storyline to practice. 

3. Bryan Witzmann
Utilization: 10 video games, 49.6 % of offensive snaps, 10.1 % of particular groups snaps
2019 standing: Unrestricted loose agent

Witzmann lent a gradual hand rather than Lengthy from Weeks 8-16, permitting most effective 16 pressures in 306 pass-blocking snaps, consistent with Professional Soccer Center of attention. He didn’t permit a drive towards the Rams in Week 14, and the Bears’ offensive line didn’t fall aside after he swapped in for the injured Lengthy. He performed in all 5 of the Bears’ video games in December, which represented Jordan Howard’s absolute best stretch of the season, too. The Bears may just do worse with a backup guard. 

4. Eric Kush 
Utilization: 15 video games, 32 % of offensive snaps, 14.nine % of particular groups snaps
2019 standing: Unrestricted loose agent

Kush started the season because the workforce’s beginning left guard and struggled to run block persistently. He started rotating with Daniels in Week 4, then turned around with Witzmann in Week nine and didn’t play an offensive snap after that. In accordance with that loss of utilization, the Bears will most probably transfer on from him this offseason. 

5. Willie Beavers
Utilization: Apply squad
2019 standing: Reserve/long run contract

Beavers, a former fourth-round select of the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, has bounced round apply squads during the last 3 years, together with the Bears’ in 2018. 

Facilities

1. Cody Whitehair
Utilization: 16 video games, 100 % of offensive snaps
2019 standing: $1,344,180 cap hit

The Bears will wish to figure out an extension for Whitehair, who performed each unmarried some of the Bears’ offensive snaps in 2018 and earned a commute to Orlando as a Professional Bowl change. His secure presence, skill to learn opposing defenses and excellent courting with Trubisky is vital for the Bears’ offense. 

What Whitehair’s extension may just seem like will likely be fascinating to look, presuming he certainly indicators one someday between the beginning of coaching camp and the start of the season. Possibly one thing an identical (and a little bit richer) than the three-year, $27 million extension signed by way of Seahawks heart Justin Britt (a 2014 second-round select) would be the place to begin. 

2. James Daniels
Utilization: zero snaps at heart

Daniels performed 122 snaps at heart all through the preseason however didn’t play in any respect there all through the common season. He’ll most probably stay the workforce’s backup heart going ahead, regardless that. 

Degree of want (1-11, with 11 being the best possible): 5. Groups can all the time use high quality offensive line intensity, and the Bears will wish to cope with their inner reserves, whether or not that implies bringing again Witzmann or having a look somewhere else. It wouldn’t be sudden to look the Bears draft an offensive lineman, as Tempo has accomplished once a year because the workforce’s GM (Hroniss Grasu and Tayo Fabuluje in 2015, Whitehair in 2016, Jordan Morgan in 2017 and Daniels in 2018). 

Degree of want (1-11, with 11 being the best possible): 5

Groups can all the time use high quality offensive line intensity, and the Bears will wish to cope with their inner reserves, whether or not that implies bringing again Witzmann or having a look somewhere else. It wouldn’t be sudden to look the Bears draft an offensive lineman, as Tempo has accomplished once a year because the workforce’s GM (Hroniss Grasu and Tayo Fabuluje in 2015, Whitehair in 2016, Jordan Morgan in 2017 and Daniels in 2018).  

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