Three Rising Stars that have Emerged Following the Bears 2022 Season

The Chicago Bears fell to 3-10 on the season to add another losing season to the log list on Sunday. Although they are now eliminated from playoff contention, the Chicago Bears have a lot of young and promising stars already on their team. Aside from Michael Vick-like quarterback Justin Fields, let’s take a look at 3 of the other young and upcoming stars the Bears have on their roster.

Teven Jenkins
Drafted 39th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State, Teven Jenkins gave Bears fans hope in filling one of the vacancies in the offensive line. Unfortunately, Jenkins, who was slated by many scouts to be a first-round talent, had a back injury that required surgery. This would sideline him until later in the season, debuting against the Packers at Lambeau Field. His first NFL action was light and mostly something to improve upon, undoubtedly.

Since the slow start to his NFL career, Jenkins, who has been switched around to different offensive guard and tackle positions , has caught up to speed and has proven to be a warrior in the trenches so far this year for the Bears. Jenkins is turning into what many Bears fans hoped he would become: a starting offensive lineman for the team for the next few years, if not more.

Khalil Herbert
Since being drafted in the sixth round of last year’s draft, Khalil Hervert has proven to be a player that can give significant depth to the running game, and, if he needs to, be the leading rusher on the team in the absence of David Montgomery. With how well Herbert has been playing, it has questioned the return of David Montgomery in free agency next year. Herbert has been a solid contributor to the NFL’s best rushing attack, where the Bears have amassed 2459 rushing yards.

Montgomery, who is still only in his second year in the league, is a young, reliable player that would make sense for the Bears to resign come his contract expiration. But in the meantime, the Bears need to appreciate what he is bringing to the table. Like Montgomery, he bounces off defenders and refuses to go down on the first tackle, giving every play his all, and then some.

Jaquan Brisker
Although his NFL career is still young and in the early stages of its development, it is evident that Brisker was born to play in the NFL at a high level. Despite having suffered from a concussion the past few weeks, Brisker, a rookie, has been one of the prominent faces behind the Bears’ young and developing defense.

Brisker is truly developing into a legitimate Monster of the Midway with his sharp athletic abilities, like a “ballhawk”.

Becoming a leader and a positive voice in the locker room is so important to help the team around you stay motivated no matter what. And that’s exactly what he has done. Time and time again, Brisker has continuously defended his team regarding multiple penalties and reminding the defense to stay committed and to work hard.

If the Chicago Bears want to develop a successful future with players that are affordable, brought up by the Bears organization and are both hard workers and even better people, then looking to keep Teven Jenkins, Khalil Herbert and Jaquan Brisker should be a matter of concern.
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