Nate Davis, Darnell Wright, O-line have ‘a lot to work on’ after Bears’ flop vs. Packers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears had high hopes for their revamped offensive line entering training camp. The injury to Teven Jenkins forced them to shuffle things up, and a group of five that took zero snaps together in the preseason predictably struggled in the season-opening faceplant against the Green Bay Packers.
The numbers weren’t pretty.
The Bears’ offensive line gave up 25 pressures, including nine from right guard Nate Davis, per Pro Football Focus. Rookie right tackle Darnell Wright, center Lucas Patrick, and left guard Cody Whitehair each surrendered five pressures. Left tackle Braxton Jones only gave up one pressure.
The Bears also struggled to run the ball against the Packers, with the non-Justin Fields Bears rushing for 63 yards on 20 carries.
Those numbers can’t repeat themselves Sunday when the Bears travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers and a defensive front that includes star edge rusher Shaq Barrett and nose tackle Vita Vea.
The struggles of Davis, who didn’t show up to the first two weeks of OTAs and missed most of training camp with an injury, should be viewed as a big red flag going forward. The Bears gave Davis a three-year, $33 million contract in the offseason despite a history of pass protection issues. Those issues popped up during the season-opening loss to the Packers.
“Me and Nate spent some time together,” Bears offensive line coach Chris Morgan said Thursday at Halas Hall. “We’ve all got things to work on. He’s really excited to get better. The more he plays and the more these guys play together, all of them, the better they get.”
When asked to evaluate Davis’ play vs. the Packers, Morgan flew by the question with an answer that was telling.
“We all can get better. All of us. We have a lot of work to do,” Morgan said.
Wright is the other piece of the equation of a right side that struggled against…
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Publish date : 2023-09-15 22:02:46
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