Lucas Patrick would give the Chicago Bears needed help up front
The Bears are going to build around Justin Fields, and it will start up front. Ryan Poles is a former offensive lineman, and so is Ian Cunningham, their new assistant GM. You better believe it’s a priority.
While the Bears likely have their starting tackles for next year in Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom, the interior is going to need some work. James Daniels is a free agent, and Sam Mustipher just won’t cut it Only Cody Whitehair remains under contract, in terms of last year’s interior starters.
One guy the Bears could probably bring in at a decent price is Lucas Patrick, who can play both guard and center. Patrick made the Packers as an undrafted free agent back in 2016 and has started 34 games for them since then — including being a primary starter for the past two years.
Patrick is best-known for his pass blocking, which is a great attribute to have when potentially protecting a young, franchise quarterback like Fields. Per Pro Football Focus, Patrick didn’t allow a sack all season in 2021.
Where he struggles, though, is in the run game. Looking at Patrick as a possible starter for the Bears next year may come with its lumps in the run game, but he’d certainly protect Fields well.