The Bears were fortunate to have great health along the offensive line throughout the 2013 season. They didn’t have to dig into their bag of reserves and juggle multiple groups. That’s not always going to be the case, as we’ve learned in the past, so it’s important for the Bears to get the depth chart right.
The team carried 9 offensive linemen after final cutdown last year, and I expect them to keep 9 or 10 this year depending on needs at other positions.
Brian de la Puente, the once-likely backup center, suffered a Grade 2 left MCL sprain in the preseason opener against the Eagles and has been sidelined since. Likewise, Eben Britton, who saw playing time last year as a swing tackle and extra blocker, tweaked his hamstring but he returned to practice this week.
Michael Ola has looked good for the Bears throughout training camp and has a good chance to make the roster. If I had to pick one or two of the remaining players to make the roster, I’d lean toward rookie Charles Leno Jr. and/or Taylor Boggs.
- Bears promote QB Matt Barkley from the practice squad
- Bears taking step backward to take two steps forward?
- Robbie Gould missed, but rightfully gone
- Bears pass rush just not hitting home
- Bears offensive line makes it difficult to do much of anything
- Bears run game must pick up the slack in Cutler's stead
- Bears run defense showed signs of life before injuries
- Lamarr Houston injury opens door for Leonard Floyd
- Eddie Goldman injury is most alarming one for Bears
- Alshon Jeffery’s contract at top of mind Monday night