Injuries happen in the NFL. It's simply part of the game. The Chicago Bears suffered through a terrible stretch of injuries during the John Fox era and haven't been immune to some critical bumps and bruises over the first two years with Matt Nagy at the helm, too.
Fortunately, the Bears' roster is deep. Granted, it's not that Chicago has surefire starting-quality players slotted on the second team up and down the depth chart, but there are a handful of guys who have more than enough talent to contribute in case of injury.
Here's a look at five of those players as we enter the 2020 NFL season.
Looks can often be deceiving, but in the case of Bears left guard James Daniels, his physical transformation this offseason has him looking like a player ready to breakout.
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Daniels will enter his third season in the league after being a second-round pick out of Iowa in 2018. Originally pegged as a center, Daniels has settled in at guard while Cody Whitehair returned to his best fit in the middle of the o-line.
Daniels owned the Bears' third-highest grade on offense from Pro Football Focus in 2019 (69.9) after logging 508 snaps at center and 561 at guard. His switch to left guard occurred in Week 10 and his uptick in performance was obvious.
Chicago will have one new starter upfront this year, with Germain Ifedi expected to take hold of the right guard job. He should be a fine replacement for Kyle Long (and Rashaad Coward), but it's Daniels who has a chance to emerge as the Bears' best offensive lineman if his physical condition is any indication of the year that's in store.
The Las Vegas Raiders released former second-round pick P.J. Hall on Monday, providing Bears GM Ryan Pace with another viable option to add to Chicago's defensive front after Eddie Goldman's decision to opt-out of the 2020 season.
Hall (6'0, 305 pounds) doesn't fit the prototypical nose tackle profile, but with the Bears' depth chart lacking many quality options behind Goldman, Hall is worth considering.
As it currently stands, veteran John Jenkins will be the first man up to replace Goldman once he returns from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. A rotation of Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris should help too, especially on passing downs. But with so much uncertainty around how the Bears will configure their defensive line without Goldman in place, a rotational piece like Hall is appealing.
Hall was selected by the Raiders in the 2018 draft after a standout career at Sam Houston State. He started 18 games over the last two seasons for Vegas, including 12 in 2019. He finished last season with 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Hall is an interesting special teams player, too. He blocked 14 (yeah, 14!) kicks during his college career.