5 things to watch for in Chicago Bears Pre-season Opener

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Chicago Bears, 2023 NFL Draft, Darnell Wright
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Let’s see how Darnell Wright holds up in his first unofficial NFL game.

Wright was drafted to help improve an awful offensive line last season. He was anointed as the starting right tackle the day he was drafted.

He was considered the best right tackle available in the draft by many draft experts.

Darnell is having an inconsistent camp.

Reports out of camp have had Wright having two good practices this week.

He will get a chance to face a legit professional edge rusher. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against Harold Landry III, Arden Key, Jeffrey Simmons, and Denico Autry (if they play).

Wright faced some of the best rushers in college after starting at Tennessee. Will Anderson, the top edge rusher taken in the draft, said Wright was the toughest offensive lineman he faced in college. That was college, this is the pros.

Hopefully, Wright’s struggles in camp are just a case of being a rookie. The Chicago Bears pass rushers are not exactly considered the best.

Wright’s workload will be interesting to see. Braxton Jones started at left tackle as a rookie last season, and he got limited reps in the preseason because of his starter status.

The Chicago Bears are going to need Jones and Wright to perform well if they hope to keep Fields from being harassed by opposing defenses.

Backup positions are also on the line during this training camp. Larry Borom, Alex Leatherwood, Dieter Eiselen, Ja’Tyre Carter, and Lucas Patrick are vying to make the team. Although, the depth along the offensive line is a bit concerning.

Borom is a failed starter. Leatherwood is a first-round bust brought in last year to see if his career could be salvaged. Carter is a late-round pick last year and Patrick was hurt last season. When he was healthy, he was bad.

It is possible a depth player is still not on the roster. The one benefit the Bears have is they still have the first spot in the waiver wire.