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.
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School: Victor J. Andrew Thunderbolts
Head coach: Adam Lewandowski
Assistant coaches: James Ramazinski, Gary Young, Tommy McGinnis, Eric Tanquilut, Joe Cesario, Patrick Wertz and Quinn Holler.
How they fared in 2018: 6-4 (5-3 Southwest Suburban); Andrew made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to eventual state champion Nazareth Academy in opening round action.
2019 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 31 @ Kewauskum WI
Sept. 6 vs Oak Forest
Sept. 13 @ Homewood-Flossmoor
Sept. 20 @ Lincoln-Way West
Sept. 27 vs Stagg
Oct. 4 @ Bradley-Bourbonnais
Oct. 11 vs Lincoln-Way Central
Oct. 18 vs Lockport
Oct. 25 @ Bolingbrook
Biggest storyline: After finishing back-to-back seasons with 6-4 records, can Andrew take the next big step in going deeper into the IHSA state football playoffs?
Names to watch this season: RB/DB John Bickel, OL/DL Adam Wisistorfer and S/OLB Joe DeHaan
Biggest holes to fill: The T-Bolts will need to replace seven graduated starters-- four of them one the offensive line.
EDGY's Early Take: The T-Bolts, under third-year head coach Adam Lewandowski, have made back-to-back playoff appearances. Can Andrew keep up the program's positive momentum this fall? That should be the case of defense, as seven starters are back on that side of the ball. If Andrew can get answers at a few key spots (QB/OL), look for them to challenge for a state playoff spot this fall for the third consecutive year.