Which Bears players are poised for a breakout season in 2022?

Our Bears Wire staff is sharing their thoughts on the players who have the potential for a breakout season in 2022.

The Chicago Bears are in the middle of a rebuild under new general manager Ryan Poles, which has seen the departures of key veterans and the emergence of a younger roster.

The Bears have some young players who will be key to this team’s future success, including some who have already shown promise and could be in for big seasons.

Our Bears Wire staff is sharing their thoughts on the players who have the potential for a breakout season in 2022, which includes plenty of weapons for quarterback Justin Fields.

Stock up, stock down following Bears offseason program

Now that the dust has settled on the offseason program, we’re taking a look at which Bears saw their stock rise and which saw it fall.

The Chicago Bears wrapped mandatory minicamp last week — and with it their offseason program. Now, they get an extended summer break before returning to Halas Hall for training camp on July 26.

It was certainly an eventful offseason to say the least, which included plenty of change ranging from a new regime to the departures of key veterans and the addition of some younger faces.

There were plenty of storylines that unfolded during the course of organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, including some that are expected to carry over into training camp.

Now that the dust has settled on the offseason program, we’re taking a look at which players saw their stock rise and which players saw their stock dip ahead of training camp.

Bears QB Justin Fields named among biggest offseason losers

USA Today Sports’ Nate Davis isn’t a fan of how the Bears have supported Justin Fields this offseason.

The Chicago Bears wrapped their offseason program following the conclusion of mandatory minicamp last week, and it was certainly an eventful offseason.

The Bears ushered in a new regime that made some big, but needed, changes as they rebuild — or retool — the roster. But general manager Ryan Poles has been criticized for his handling of second-year quarterback Justin Fields. Specifically when it comes to his supporting cast.

There are questions at wide receiver — where Darnell Mooney is the only proven commodity — and offensive line. Which prompted USA Today Sports’ Nate Davis to declare Fields among the offseason’s biggest losers.

Can you name his left tackle? How about a wide receiver aside from Darnell Mooney … if you knew him? Know who the Bears’ new offensive coordinator is? Have you even heard of Matt Eberflus? (Hint: He’s Chicago’s hard-charging, defensive-oriented, rookie head coach.) Anyhoo, that’s one way to support a quarterback coming off a rocky rookie campaign.

While it’s true that Fields doesn’t have a proven group of wideouts or stability on the offensive line, the Bears are banking on Luke Getsy’s new offensive scheme leading to success for Fields.

Chicago’s offense is “very quarterback friendly” and tailored to Fields’ skillset, and it’ll feature plenty of the second-year quarterback on the move. While this might not be Fields’ breakout season, he’s still in a position where he should take a step forward in his development.

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List of players set to attend Tight End University, including Bears’ Cole Kmet

Bears TE Cole Kmet is back at Tight End University for the second straight year. Here’s the full list of participants at TEU:

Tight End University, organized by Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, San Francisco’s George Kittle and former Bear Greg Olsen, returns for its second run this week.

The summit will take place in Nashville from June 22-24, where some of the best tight ends in the NFL will get a chance to collaborate and learn from each other.

Bears tight end Cole Kmet is among those slated to attend the second annual event. It will mark Kmet’s second appearance at the summit, where he’ll be looking to improve on an encouraging second season.

Here’s a look at the players set to attend TEU this week:

Breaking down every position along Bears’ offensive line ahead of training camp

We’re examining every position along the Bears’ offensive line ahead of training camp next month.

There are plenty of questions surrounding the Chicago Bears offensive line ahead of training camp. Namely, what the starting lineup is going to look like come Week 1.

Head coach Matt Eberflus said he’d like the offensive line figured out “the sooner the better,” but that won’t happen before training camp next month. While there are a couple of positions that are all but set in stone with some veteran presence, there are questions at both tackle spots and right guard.

Right now, all combinations are open along the offensive line. Which isn’t exactly reassuring when you’re looking to put your young quarterback Justin Fields in a position to succeed.

We’re examining every position along Chicago’s offensive line ahead of training camp next month.

Projecting the Bears’ 2022 starting defense after mandatory minicamp

The Bears wrapped mandatory minicamp last week, and we’re predicting what Chicago’s starting defense will look like in 2022.

The Chicago Bears have wrapped their offseason program with the conclusion of their three-day mandatory minicamp, which has started to make things both clear and uncertain with this roster ahead of training camp.

The defense is going to look a lot different under new head coach Matt Eberflus, which has to do with the new scheme and departure of key veterans across the board.

We’re still some time away before the team releases their first unofficial depth chart. But the defense is more clear than the offense at this point.

Following the conclusion of the offseason program, we’re predicting what Chicago’s starting defense will look like in 2022.

Updated look at Bears offensive line depth after Dakota Dozier lands on IR

The Bears placed Dakota Dozier on IR following an injury in minicamp. Here’s a look at where Chicago’s offensive line depth stands.

The Chicago Bears placed offensive guard Dakota Dozier on injured reserve on Tuesday. The move comes a week after Dozier suffered an apparent left leg injury during a minicamp practice.

Dozier’s injury leaves Chicago even more vulnerable at the offensive guard position, where Sam Mustipher is the favorite for the vacant right guard job. Will general manager Ryan Poles turn to free agent to bring in a veteran? Or will he turn to his young roster to step up?

There are still a number of lingering questions along the offensive line, including what the starting line will look like. It’s still a work in progress just a few weeks ahead of training camp.

Following Dozier landing on IR, here’s a look at the Bears’ offensive line depth:

Projecting the Bears’ 2022 starting offense after mandatory minicamp

The Bears wrapped mandatory minicamp last week, and we’re predicting what Chicago’s starting offense will look like in 2022.

The Chicago Bears have wrapped their offseason program with the conclusion of their three-day mandatory minicamp, which has started to make things both clear and uncertain with this roster ahead of training camp.

The offense has come under heavy scrutiny this offseason, which has to do with the questions about Justin Fields’ supporting cast, including an unproven group of wide receivers and offensive line.

We’re still some time away before the team releases their first unofficial depth chart. But following mandatory minicamp, it’s clear there could be some shakeup.

Following the conclusion of the offseason program, we’re predicting what Chicago’s starting offense will look like in 2022.

Bears’ 53-man roster projection after mandatory minicamp

Following the Bears’ offseason program, here’s a look at our updated 53-man roster projections heading into the summer.

The Chicago Bears wrapped their three-day mandatory minicamp last week. If you missed any of the action, take a look at our recap from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

With the offseason program in the books, the Bears will now get some time off this summer before returning to Halas Hall for training camp in late July. There are going to be a number of important position battles to watch, as well as which players nab those final spots on the 53-man roster.

While there were plenty of players who made strong impressions during minicamp, the real test won’t begin until the pads come on in training camp.

Following the Bears’ offseason program, here’s a look at our updated 53-man roster projections heading into the summer:

Winners and losers following the Bears’ offseason program

The Bears wrapped their offseason program, and we’re taking a look at the winners and losers from offseason workouts.

The latest wave of the Chicago Bears offseason has come and gone as voluntary and mandatory workouts are now complete, leaving us with one final extended break before training camp officially begins.

These late spring workouts don’t reveal a ton of information as players aren’t practicing in pads and just a few practices are even mandatory. But based on playing time, highlights in practice, and possible injury news, it’s not too difficult to determine who came out a winner during this portion of the offseason and who didn’t.

Here are our winners and losers following the Bears’ latest string of workouts.