Three Bears Most Impacted by a Canceled Preseason

Three Bears players most impacted by a canceled preseason

  • Chicago Bears
  • Germain Ifedi
  • Nick Foles
  • Preseason
  • Riley Ridley
By Sam Stevenson July 12, 2020 0 Comment
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The 2020 preseason has been shortened. It may not even happen. Who are some players on the Bears that will be most impacted by this decision?

Earlier in June, the NFL decided that the 2020 preseason should be shortened from four games to two. The league is continuing to evaluate the best way to keep their players safe this season. As August draws closer and training camp approaches, many in the league believe there will be no preseason at all.

It certainly isn’t the most exciting time, but the preseason still has a valuable contribution to the league’s schedule. For one thing, it’s the first live football in months. It also allows teams to evaluate their expanded roster while also preparing their starters for the regular season.

For the Chicago Bears, their preseason brings a major quarterback competition. After trading for Nick Foles and declining Mitch Trubisky’s 5th-year option, the team needs these games to determine their starter.

But which quarterback is more impacted? Who else on the roster will be at a disadvantage if there is no preseason? We’ll break down the three guys who are riding on these games to happen.

Nick Foles

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The newcomer to the team, Nick Foles is a Super Bowl MVP. He knows the team’s offense and has proven to step up and produce. He even restructured his contract so he could join the team. So it doesn’t seem like he would make this list. Whether or not Foles is to be the starter can be debated all offseason.

In fact, it has been here on the Brawl Network.

The reason why Foles is on here is simply due to the changes this offseason. With no OTA’s, Foles hasn’t had an opportunity to work with the coaching staff and expected starters on offense. Considering the starting job isn’t his yet, all he has going for him is knowledge in the playbook and virtual training.

If there’s no preseason, Foles will have had zero live reps with the team against another defense. The team may not feel comfortable starting him right away and go with Trubisky strictly due to the experience on the team.

Germain Ifedi

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Ifedi is a former 1st-round pick who arrives in Chicago on a minimum deal. The former Seahawk is a low risk, high reward replacement for Kyle Long.

Ifedi ranked 50th among offensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus and 54th overall in pass blocking. He allowed 25 pressures at tackle in 2019, so the team is hoping a switch to guard may allow Ifedi to perform at a suitable level.

No preseason games mean that Ifedi, similar to Foles, won’t be able to go against real competition until the regular season. That could mean disaster for a Bears’ offensive line that struggled in 2019 and could potentially relapse again in 2020 if all the pieces aren’t set.

Riley Ridley

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Ridley sat out for the majority of 2019. It was almost a redshirt season. He saw time towards the end of the year, where he had six receptions for under 70 yards.

The former Georgia Bulldog could be primed for a solid 2020 season. He could even find his way onto the offense for the long haul. The preseason has helped Bears receivers in the past earn their stripes. Guys like Javon Wims or Tanner Gentry for example.

Ridley’s chances to earn playing time over guys like Anthony Miller or newcomer Ted Ginn Jr could be taken away if these games fail to happen.

Who Truly Loses Without a Preseason?

The answer is the undrafted rookies. Guys not selected in the NFL Draft, but work their way from training camp to these games. We’ve seen success stories before with players like Julian Edelman or Austin Ekeler. Teams all over the league could lose out on players like these if the preseason needs to be canceled.

The league must have the best intentions for their players’ health, but it will be interesting to see how things end up coming together come this August.

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