When the Bears reconvened for their first full team practices of the offseason, two players lined up at new positions on offense with new jersey numbers.
Offensive lineman Bradley Sowell is now wearing 85 and playing tight end, while running back Taquan Mizzell moved to wide receiver and will wear No. 11.
Two #Bears players have changed positions and numbers: Bradley Sowell from tackle to tight end (79 to 85) and Taquan Mizzell from running back to receiver (33 to 11).— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) May 22, 2019
Both players have experience at their new positions from experimenting last season. Sowell actually played more snaps at tight end (30) than offensive line (13) in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus, most notably catching a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams on the play known as “Santa’s Sleigh.”
Mizzell lined up at wide receiver plenty last season too. Out of his 73 total offensive snaps, 33 of them came at a receiver position, according to PFF.
They’re both moving to crowded positions on the depth chart, but the team evidently is confident they’ll make a smooth transition.
Sowell’s move likely clears a spot for converted defensive lineman Rashaad Coward to take over as the third offensive tackle on the depth chart.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.