Everyone and their mother have been talking about the Chicago Bears receivers, but it’s the offensive line that honestly has more questions than any other unit on the team.

But, fortunately for the Bears, Braxton Jones is providing some sort of answer.

Jones is looking more and more like he will be the starting left tackle for the Bears in 2022 and possibly beyond. Jones received first-team reps earlier in the offseason and really hasn’t let go, since.

And as of Thursday’s practice, he was taking all of the first-team reps at left tackle.

For Matt Eberflus, it’s pretty simple why Jones is running with the 1s.

“He’s just absorbed all the information in executing,” Eberflus told reporters Thursday. “He’s done that and he’s showing that it’s not too big for him. When you come in as a rookie sometimes the spots are big and not to say that he’s been perfect because he’s a rookie and he’s had his moments, but he’s doing a good job. We like where he is, we like where he’s progressing, and he’s got a long way to go but we like where he’s at.”

Jones’ development is really good news for the Bears, who reportedly have had trade conversations surrounding tackle Teven Jenkins. The Bears selected Jenkins in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, meaning, he was thought of as an important piece and was projected to be so, as well.

That obviously hasn’t panned out, thus far, due to injury.

There’s still a long way to go for Jones, but so far, he’s providing stability at a very important position. He’s also providing stability for a unit that allowed the most sacks in the NFL last season.

And, it shows that Ryan Poles’ strategy on Day 3 of the draft was the correct one. The Bears drafted Jones with the 168th pick in the draft, which is the pick Poles received when he traded back from pick No. 148. Poles obviously wasn’t going to take Jones there and his instinct that Jones would still be around at 168 was correct.

To make the move even more sweeter: The Bears also received the No. 203 pick in that trade, which they used on running back Trestan Ebner. Ebner should factor into the Bears’ special teams side of things and could even see playing time on offense in 2022.

The draft is already a crapshoot, but becomes even more of one during the later rounds. Poles essentially bought more tickets to the lottery in hopes of hitting at a higher rate and so far, it looks that strategy is working out for the Bears.

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