Earlier this week, CBS Sports pointed out Chicago Bears offensive lineman Braxton Jones as a “rookie sleeper” who could earn a key role in 2022.

CBS Sports noted that Jones, who was a fifth-round pick by the Bears back in April, could push Larry Borom for one of the starting offensive tackle spots this season.

They could end up being right sooner than they anticipated.

On Wednesday, Chicago Tribune Bears beat writer Brad Biggs reported that Jones lined up with the starters at left tackle during OTAs.

Biggs also noted that Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus said that Jones lining up at left tackle was in part to see which offensive line combinations work best.

It’s obviously still very early in the offseason, which means we probably shouldn’t read too much into Jones getting first-team reps at left tackle.

But it’s still an interesting development — especially after CBS Sports suggested this week that Jones could be the Bears’ “franchise starting left tackle”.

Jones has a lot of upside. And he’s clearly off to a good start in Chicago. The Bears might have found something special by selecting the former Southern Utah standout in the fifth round.

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