Bears guard James Daniels looks primed for a breakout season in 2020


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.