Takeaways from Chicago Bears’ second day of mandatory minicamp

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There’s been plenty of movement along the offensive line this offseason as the Bears look to find the right combination heading into the 2022 season. Rookie Braxton Jones has been working at left tackle with the starters dating back to the final week of organized team activities and now minicamp. But he wasn’t the only rookie working with the starters on Wednesday.

The Bears had not one, but three rookies who played with the first-team offense at some point on Day 2 of minicamp — Jones at left tackle, Zachary Thomas at left guard and center Doug Kramer. Basically, the entire left side of the line.

Left guard Cody Whitehair had an excused absence from Wednesday’s practice, and center Lucas Patrick didn’t participate during the team drills.

With that in mind, the Bears starting offensive line is expected to feature all veterans — Whitehair, Patrick, Larry Borom, Teven Jenkins and possibly Sam Mustipher. Still, it was good experience for the young rookies.


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