August 09, 2022

Bears Analysis

2022 Bears training camp: Offense, defense grades for Aug. 1

Chicago Bears offensive line Michael Schofield grabs a quick drink during the team's training camp, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST – Training camp is back in full force and the NFL season is right around the corner. Each day during Bears training camp, Shaw Local will grade the Bears’ offensive and defensive performances.

Shaw Local Senior Bears analyst Hub Arkush and Bears beat reporter Sean Hammond will be out at Halas Hall in Lake Forest each day during camp. Follow Hammond on Twitter here, and follow Arkush on Twitter here.

These grades are subjective and take into account many different factors. No two practices are the same, either. Some days the team will work on specific scenarios like the red zone or two-minute drill, while other days practice could be reduced to a simple walk-through. A good day or a bad day in training camp certainly won’t make or break the season.

The Bears will be in pads for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday before an off day Thursday.

Offense: C-

The offense continues to be a work in progress. Generally, over the week since camp began, quarterback Justin Fields has been forced to settle for a lot of check downs. Running back David Montgomery pulled in a lot of catches Monday. There were a couple snap issues with rookie center Doug Kramer, who has been seeing more reps since Lucas Patrick went out with a hand injury.

In two-minute drill, down by four points and needing a touchdown, Fields found Byron Pringle for a big gain across midfield. Safety Eddie Jackson likely would’ve hit Pringle pretty hard if they had been allowed to tackle. The drive ran out of time when Fields, from about the 20-yard line, ran across the line of scrimmage and threw a pass that would’ve drawn a penalty flag.

Offensive star of the day: Michael Schofield

The veteran offensive lineman played much more at right guard with the first-team offense Monday. The Bears had been slowly working Schofield in last week.

Defense: B-

There haven’t been a ton of takeaways, but on Monday the pass rush did a nice job of creating pressure. Fields would’ve been sacked at least once, maybe twice, on the two-minute drill drive.

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson had a nice pass break up while guarding receiver Darnell Mooney in 11-on-11. Fields’ pass tipped off Johnson’s hand and flew high in the air. It landed in the hands of linebacker Joe Thomas for an interception.

Defensive star of the day: Al-Quadin Muhammad

Muhammad was disrupting the pocket during the two-minute drill and likely would’ve had one or two sacks.

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.