3 players the Chicago Bears must think about benching

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The Chicago Bears need to think about benching Braxton Jones

Back when the Bears drafted Braxton Jones on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, it was easy to start to get excited if you’re a fan. Everything that was said about this guy was positive. Coming from a smaller program, Jones just needed his chance.

As training camp began and wore on, it appeared as though Jones was emerging as the starting left tackle — which was impressive as a rookie fifth-round pick.

Through his first four games, though, Jones has definitely taken his lumps; and because of that, so has Justin Fields. Jones may have some promise down the line as a franchise left tackle, but this season also has to be about keeping Fields upright, and Jones isn’t doing that so far.

Per Pro Football Focus, Jones has been credited with giving up four sacks in his first four games. In 103 pass block snaps played this year, Jones has allowed 11 pressures. That’s essentially one pressure on every 10 snaps. So, 10 percent of the time Jones is out there, Fields will be pressured — and that’s just one of the five linemen we’re talking about.

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Again, Jones could have a very bright future. But, maybe it’s time to start thinking about Riley Reiff entering the fold for a few games, or the remainder of the season. The veteran could end up providing Fields with a bit more protection.