Alex Leatherwood performed effectively in opposition to the Packers in his Bears debut on Sunday. Now the previous first-round choose has a possibility to grab a beginning spot on the offensive line.
The Bears claimed Leatherwood off waivers from Las Vegas in August. The Raiders drafted him seventeenth total within the 2021 NFL Draft, however he struggled in his first season within the desert and was a surprise roster cut earlier than the season.
In his solely season in Las Vegas, Leatherwood was flagged seven occasions for holding and 7 false begins.
Leatherwood contracted mononucleosis in September, delaying his Chicago debut. He was positioned on injured reserve and misplaced 25 kilos earlier than making a full restoration.
In his first sport for the Bears, Leatherwood performed solely 10 snaps. Seven of these performs had been passes. Per Pro Football Focus, he didn’t permit a quarterback stress.
“Overall, very nice efficiency by him,” Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said, per NBC Sports Chicago. “It doesn’t shock us. We had been anxious to get him in there and see how he would do.”
Leatherwood has a chance to solidify a spot for himself on a young and rebuilding offense.
Braxton Jones, a rookie fifth-round pick, and Riley Reiff, a 34-year-old veteran, started at tackle against the Packers. None of the Bears’ offensive linemen are guaranteed to retain their starting spots after this disappointing season.
The Bears have allowed the second-most sacks within the NFL with 42 by means of 13 video games.
If he stacks good performances, Leatherwood might set up himself as an essential a part of QB Justin Fields’ safety unit in 2022 and past.