Braxton Jones progresses to be the long-term starter at left tackle.
Jones has played well in the past two games since returning from injured reserve which caused him to miss six games.
He was outstanding against the Carolina Panthers (we will address them later).
Starting 21 games as a fifth-round pick out of Southern Utah at a premium position is already a good return.
If he can continue to play like he has during this recent stretch, it would allow Poles to use his two top picks to get more weapons on the offense or address the defensive line.
It would also mean the Chicago Bears have two offensive tackles on rookie deals. In addition, the Bears would have these two tackles possibly anchoring the line for a decade.
Montez Sweat gets some sacks.
Sweat’s impact on the defense has been felt immediately since he was acquired at the trade deadline. The pass rush has gotten much better.
The defense had three sacks against the Panthers. Now Carolina’s offensive line is not great, but the defense was struggling to harass the quarterback.
Sweat’s professional pass rush has helped the rest of the line get more one-on-one matchups.
He still needs to get home and get the quarterback to the ground to make the trade and the extension that was given to him look good.
Gervon Dexter Sr. proves he is the answer at the three-technique.
The rookie has seen his snaps increase and has shown some potential in the position that is considered the engine of the defense. It would go a long way for the team’s future if he can prove he can be a starter at that premium defensive tackle spot.
He is still learning to get up the field right off the snap instead of reading and reacting like he had to do in college.
That is why taking him based on his traits was such a gamble. If he can get ahead of the learning curve, it will free up Poles to focus on drafting more depth at that position instead of having to focus on finding a long-term answer.