The Chicago Bears will play their first preseason game of the year on Saturday when they host the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field.
The Chicago Bears were undefeated last preseason, but it did not translate into regular season success as the team closed out the season on a 10-game losing streak and the worst record in the NFL.
Although, the roster was constructed to lose as General Manager Ryan Poles ripped the roster down the studs in hopes of building it into a sustained winner.
He flipped the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver D.J. Moore and a couple of draft picks.
Poles was busy this offseason trying to improve the roster around quarterback Justin Fields. In addition to acquiring Moore, Ryan Poles added a bunch of new starters on defense through free agency in linebackers T.J. Edwards and Tremaine Edmunds, defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue, DeMarcus Walker, Andrew Billings, and drafted cornerback Tyrique Stevenson.
He also brought in running back D’Onta Freeman, right guard Nate Davis, and tight ends Robert Tonyan and Mercedes Lewis. In addition, Poles drafted right tackle Darnell Wright in the first round to start at right tackle.
There is still a lot of work to be done by Poles next offseason to turn the Chicago Bears into a Super Bowl contender. The moves he has made so far might be enough to allow the Bears to sneak into the playoffs as a wild card.
It all depends on how Justin Fields performs. He must get more consistent in the passing game if the Bears hope to compete for one of the final playoff spots.
We will not see Fields play a lot on Saturday. Head Coach Matt Eberflus announced that the starters will not be getting a ton of work.
Just because it is the preseason, and the starters will not play much, does not mean it is not worth watching. There are five things to keep an eye on when these two teams square off.