Chicago Bears Offensive Line Just Got Some Great News

The Chicago Bears offensive line has not been operating at full strength since the start of the regular season. That was because Lucas Patrick, their projected starting center, broke his thumb during practice in August. This forced the team to rely on Sam Mustipher as Patrick turned the first two games with Bitch Jenkins on the right guard. Now it looks like a change is coming based on recent evidence.

NBC Sports Chicago’s Alex Shapiro captured a video of Patrick going through exercises during training. His hand was gone and he snapped the ball in the middle. This provides an obvious assumption that he is in line to make his first center start against the Houston Texans on Sunday. It means that the Bears will see their attack line at full strength. That has to be something the coaches are excited about. You can bet Patrick sure is.

Chicago Bears can really start moving people now.

By getting Patrick between Cody Whitehair and Jenkins, their three best walk-in blockers now come on the field at the same time. The Bears showed last week that they are capable of dominating opponents on the ground. Jenkins looked almost unstoppable at times. People are eager to see him play a full game. He and Patrick bring a mess that the Bears want first. There is no doubt that this is the combination they have been waiting for.

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It could also help Justin Fields. Jenkins has been more than good at keeping the bag clean. When he was healthy, Patrick allowed only 21 total pressures in 603 pass-blocking snaps with the Packers last season. If those two live up to their potential, the Chicago Bears quarterback could have a significant rebound performance against the Houston Texans.

GM Ryan Poles has high hopes for Patrick in the middle. If he lives up to those expectations, the Bears’ offensive line in the last 15 games could be much better than expected.

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