Updated look at Bears offensive line depth after Julién Davenport signing

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The Chicago Bears signed offensive tackle Julién Davenport to a one-year deal, which makes him the third offensive line move in free agency for general manager Ryan Poles.

The offensive line is one of Chicago’s top needs this offseason as protecting quarterback Justin Fields remains a top priority. While the Bears have added Lucas Patrick, Dakota Dozier and Davenport, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

A former fourth-round pick by the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL draft, Davenport served as their starting left tackle in 2018. He was sent to the Miami Dolphins as part of the Laremy Tunsil trade, where he played sparingly from 2019-20 before joining the Indianapolis Colts. He’s the latest former Colt to join heads coach Matt Eberflus’ squad.

With the addition of Davenport, here’s a look at the Bears’ offensive line depth:

Cody Whitehair

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Cody Whitehair is coming off arguably his worst season with the Bears, but he’s still been a solid offensive lineman since being drafted by Chicago in 2016. Whitehair has played primarily left guard, although he’s also spent time at center. He could line up at either position heading into the season — depending on what Poles thinks is best.

Teven Jenkins

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Teven Jenkins missed most of his rookie season after back surgery during training camp. When he did return, he saw limited action at left tackle, including two starts. The expectation is the Bears will add a left tackle, which means Jenkins would either move to right tackle or get pushed inside to right guard.

Larry Borom

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Larry Borom got his first starting opportunity at right tackle in Week 8, replacing an injured Germain Ifedi, and he was an immediate upgrade. He held his own against some of the best pass rushers and showed versatility playing both right and left tackle. Borom figures to serve as the right tackle or kick inside to right guard in Year 2, depending on where Poles thinks he fits best.

Lucas Patrick

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Lucas Patrick comes to Chicago with experience playing in offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s system. He’s a versatile interior lineman who’s played three different positions — left guard, center and right guard. While it’s hard to say for certain where he’ll line up in 2022, the assumption is either center or right guard.

Julién Davenport

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Julién Davenport reunites with Matt Eberflus in Chicago after spending last year with the Colts. He appeared in nine games, including four starts. Davenport, a former fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, spent the 2018 season as the starting left tackle for the Texans. He was later dealt to the Dolphins as part of the Laremy Tunsil trade. Davenport projects as a potential swing tackle for the Bears.

Sam Mustipher

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The Bears tendered Sam Mustipher as an exclusive rights free agent earlier this offseason, but it’s not likely in a starting role. Mustipher started 17 games at center for Chicago last season, but he was a liability on the offensive line. At this point, Mustipher projects to serve as a reserve behind whoever’s named the starting center.

Dakota Dozier

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Dakota Dozier arrives to the Bears after having spent most of last season on the Vikings’ practice squad. But he was a full-time starter in Minnesota in 2020, and his Pro Football Focus grades haven’t been favorable. At this point, Dozier appears to be a depth piece on the offensive line. There’s still plenty of roster spots to be filled, and there are still options on the free agent market and in the NFL draft.

Lachavious Simmons

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Lachavious Simmons, a former seventh-round pick, also was tendered by the Bears as an exclusive rights free agent not long ago. He played in two games in 2021, including one start, at right tackle. Simmons doesn’t factor into the starting line-up and will serve as depth at tackle.

Dieter Eiselen

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Dieter Eiselen, who signed a reserve/future contract earlier this offseason, has played in just three NFL games. He spent most of the last two seasons on the Bears’ practice squad. The 25-year-old is projected to have the same fate this season.

Willie Wright

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The Bears signed Willie Wright to a reserve/future contract earlier this offseason. Wright previously spent time with the Falcons on their practice squad. He figures to have a chance at earning a spot on the practice squad.

Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

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Tyrone Wheatley spent most of the 2021 season on the Bears’ practice squad. He signed a reserve/future contract with Chicago earlier this offseason. Wheatley will likely serve as depth on the practice squad in 2022.

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