The Chicago Bears are forecasted to gain 6.5 video games in 2022, the similar total as the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars. And if they get to that mark, they’ll do so with a litany of previous Minnesota Vikings players.
Chicago employed a new common supervisor (Ryan Poles) and head mentor (Matt Eberflus) this offseason, significantly like the Vikings who employed Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell. They are commencing clean, evidenced by permitting Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Tarik Cohen, Jimmy Graham, Tashaun Gipson, Jason Peters, and others stroll.
Poles need to have an ardor for previous Vikings simply because, ahead of roster cuts to 53 adult males, the Bears have seven Minnesota alumnus — mainly on offense:
- Jake Bargas (FB)
- Khari Blasingame (FB)
- Dakota Dozier (OL)
- DeMarquis Gates (LB)
- Riley Reiff (OT)
- Trevor Siemian (QB)
- Tajae Sharpe (WR)
The Bears, along with Vikings (probably), are one particular of the several groups to continue to employ a fullback. Bargas was signed around the weekend to contend with Blasingame, who is thought of the frontrunner to get the job. Bargas was unveiled by Minnesota on August 16th as the Vikings shaved down to 90 gamers.
Dozier was intended to be the Bears “fix” at offensive guard, but he was wounded in June. Now, he’ll get well with the Bears with sights presumably established on 2023. Vikings supporters didn’t lament his exodus from Minnesota and felt aid when Dozier landed in Chicago. He struggled with the Vikings.
DeMarquis Gates used the spring and summer time of 2020 in Minnesota but was released during the preseason. He’s currently shown as the Bears fourth-string middle linebacker. Riley Reiff was likely the most stunning ex-Vikings addition to Poles’ roster. He signed on the Bears dotted line for a person year and a contract that can balloon to $12.5 million with incentives. He’s on deck to begin at suitable deal with, a somewhat clear forecast for that pricetag.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian backed up Kirk Cousins for the duration of the QB1’s opening salvo with the Vikings and has considering the fact that played for the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, and New Orleans Saints. In 2022, he’s battling the infamous Nathan Peterman for Chicago’s QB2 work guiding Justin Fields.
Last but not least, Sharpe is outlined all-around the Bears WR7 slot on the depth chart. Poles signed oodles of WR3-WR4 kinds in 2022, evidently hoping a handful blossom into WR2 kinds. Other illustrations in Equanimeous St. Brown, N’Keal Harry, and Dante Pettis.
It is unclear why the pipeline has flown from Minneapolis to Chicago, but it is quite actual.
The Vikings and Bears showdown in Minnesota in 7 weeks at U.S. Lender Stadium.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his everyday YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs just about every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back again to 1996. Shown responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).