Aug 4, 2021 4 min read

The Bears offensive line is making people worried

The Bears offensive line is making people worried

Good morning, frents!

So it turns out the Bulls and Hawks traded themselves out of irrelevance over the past 10 days while the Cubs traded themselves right into it.

Rarely a dull moment in Chicago sports.


OK, so Soldier Field's Family Fest Day was a general love-in.

Buoyed by seeing the Bears on the lakefront for the first time in 590 days, fans cheered every completion, tweeted Justin Fields' every move and looked for the positive anywhere they looked.

Which is great! If you can't get excited about your NFL team in early August, I'll just assume you live in Cincinnati or Detroit.

I'm starting to get a little worried about the offensive line, though, and I don't think I'm alone judging by the number of stories and blogs.

The big news has been Teven Jenkins' ongoing issue with back tightness. The rookie and projected starting left tackle missed another day on Tuesday. When asked when Jenkins might return, coach Matt Nagy could only say "honestly, I don't know."

Honestly, that's enough to put a Bears fan base still stinging from the injury-addled tenures of Chris Williams, Marc Colombo and Gabe Carimi on red alert.

Especially when you also consider that:

  • Guard James Daniels left Tuesday's practice with a thigh injury.
  • Tackle Germain Ifedi is on the PUP list with a hip flexor.
  • Tackle Elijah Wilkinson was placed on the COVID-19 list with DT Eddie Goldman, LS Patrick Scales and LB Christian Jones.
  • 2021 fifth-round pick Larry Borom would be the starting tackle if the season started today. Said Nagy: “I don’t know if (Borom) can play left tackle."

Welp.

It's still early, of course.

And if you're going to struggle with injuries, August is the time to get right. Opening night against the Rams is still five weeks away.

But as the Trib's Dan Wiederer points out, the Bears are heading into a season in which they'll see nine of the 10 men who appeared on last year's sacks leaders list.

The Bears are also coming off a few years of subpar o-line play and Nagy has said he can see David Montgomery getting 20 carries a game. I'm assuming he said that believing in the best-case scenario and that the Bears o-line would find some early chemistry.

So far that hasn't been able to happen.

Fingers crossed that it does.

Bulls add DeMar DeRozan


Say that five times fast.

The Bulls continued their surprising offseason, completing a sign-and-trade with the Spurs to get four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan, who turns 32 on Saturday, gets three years, $85 million and a chance to join a revamped Bulls squad that added Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso on Monday.

The Spurs get Thad Young (we'll always have the memories), Al-Farouq Aminu (no big), a first-round pick and two second-round picks (OK, that could end up really hurting).

But the Bulls will cross that road when they come to it. For now, Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley are going for it and the Bulls have somehow become a destination spot where a Los Angeles native like DeRozan wants to play.

  • Fun fact: DeRozan played on the same USC team as Nikola Vucevic and Taj Gibson.)

DeRozan is a swing forward who's coming off a 2020-2021 season in which he averaged 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. He also shot 88 percent from the line, which the Bulls should appreciate down the stretch.

All in all, just an insane 24 hours for the Bulls. There's still a lot of work to be done to make sure all these ingredients work just right, but I think we're all looking forward to see what the coaching staff comes up with.

Quote of the Day

"When it comes to the guys on our team and what we did — Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers, MVPs, Rookie of the Years, good people — those things cost money. I know it comes down to a business and when you want your cake, and you want to eat it too, that's kind of how it seemed."

• Anthony Rizzo on ESPN 1000

Tuesday's results
Sox 7, Royals 1
Rockies 13, Cubs 6

Today's schedule
Royals at Sox (7:10, NBCSCH)
Cubs at Rockies (7:40, Marquee)
NYCFC at Fire (7, WGN, ESPN+)

Results

Sox 7, Royals 1: Dylan Cease on point

Eleven strikeouts and no runs over six innings for Dylan Cease. Yes, it was only the Royals, but it was also the type of confidence-building start Cease needed after coming into the game with a 5.33 ERA in five starts since July 5. Andrew Vaughn and Tim Anderson both homered as the 63-44 Sox grew their lead to 9.5 games in the Central.
Next: Lucas Giolito (8-7, 3.67) vs. Carlos Hernandez (2-1, 4.98)

Rockies 13, Cubs 6: Dominated in Denver

Rough night for the untraded Zach Davies: Two homers and seven earned runs in four innings of work at Coors Field. Bullpen didn't fare much better with Michael Rucker and Rex Brothers combining for another six. The Cubs are 51-57 and six games under .500 for the first time since 2014.
Next: Alec Mills (4-4, 4.55) vs. Jon Gray (7-6, 3.62)

Trivia
Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of eight White Sox players being banned from baseball for life. How many can you name?

  1. Larry Hawley on Anthony Rizzo's lasting legacy at Lurie Children's Hospital. WGN-TV
  2. Vinnie Duber on the upcoming roster crunch in the Sox outfield. NBC Sports Chicago
  3. The first American female to win Olympic gold was a golfer from Chicago who died never knowing she'd won. Great piece from Kori Rumore. Tribune
  4. Did you know the 1920 White Sox were also suspected of throwing the AL pennant? SABR
  5. If it's summer in Chicago, the hordes of maladjusted goons on motorcycles can't be far behind. WTTW

Trivia answer
Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, Claude "Lefty" Williams, "Happy" Felsch and Fred McMullen

Kevin Kaduk
Kevin Kaduk
Kevin is the founder of Midway Minute.

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