James Daniels' attempt at securing a starting job as a rookie has become more challenging than was originally assumed after the Iowa standout was selected in the second round of April's NFL draft.
Daniels is blocked by veteran Eric Kush on the depth chart and now has a shoulder injury to deal with, one that kept him out of practice Monday.
If the injury prevents him from playing against the Ravens Thursday night, his chances at lining up with the first team in Week 1 will take an even bigger hit. Fortunately for him, the Bears have an extra preseason game on their schedule this summer; there's still plenty of time to prove he's one of the five best linemen on the team.
Joining Daniels on the injury report Monday was safety Deon Bush, who's having a strong offseason. He's listed as a second-teamer on Chicago's depth chart and was singled out by defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for his improvement over the last several months.
Other players who missed practice: TE Ben Braunecker, LBs Kylie Fitts, Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Aaron Lynch, CB Sherrick McManis.
On Monday morning, Bears' safety Eddie Jackson went on Good Morning Football and single-handedly blew up every single identical roster projection that are appearing on the internet these days:
There's even a tiny bit of precedent here! Jackson played receiver in high school, and has actually already appeared on that side of the ball for the Bears a few times back in 2018. He's also very clearly one of the team's best playmakers. Defensive players getting offensive snaps has all the exhilaration of position players pitching, without any of the unspoken condescension. He also scores like, 75% of the time he touches the ball (honestly, it's more fun for you if you don't bother fact checking this) and after 2019's offensive performance, beggars can't be choosers. Let Eddie Jackson play offense. Let Akiem Hicks play offense. Let Khalil Mack punt the ball if Khalil Mack wants to punt the ball. It's fun and it makes things exciting and positions are stupid.
For what it's worth, it already sounds like Jackson and Nagy are on the same page about all of this:
Who's against this idea? Seriously. Remember 2018? Santa's Sleigh! Oompa Loompa! Chumbawamba! We could have that again. We could have it all.
Bears rookies have a lot of pressure on them in their first seasons but can they produce at the level the team needs them to, to win?
JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss the Bears rookies, provide updates on Roquan Smith and discuss the changes to the Under Center Podcast.
(1:46) - Changes to the Under Center Podcast
(5:00) - Chances that Jaylon Johnson may not start for the Bears
(10:55) - Can Cole Kmet handle being a full-time starter in his first year?
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(17:00) - Roquan Smith updates
(21:40) - How will Khalil Mack perform this year
(30:20) - What do the coordinators and coaches think about the QB competition?
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