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The Chicago Bears’ Preseason MVP Wasn’t Even Talked About

The Chicago Bears went undefeated in the preseason for the first time since 1994. That doesn’t happen without several players making strong contributors. When thinking about team MVPs, there are plenty of choices. Wide receiver Dante Pettis had some big moments, including a 4th down conversion against Kansas City and a TD against Cleveland. Sam Kamara had 14 total pressures at defensive end. Jack Sanborn was everywhere at linebacker. All have solid cases for the honor.

Yet the best performance might’ve been the one nobody talked about. When talking about the offensive line, most conversations focus on a handful of names like Braxton Jones, Teven Jenkins, and Larry Borom. Surprisingly, Lachavious Simmons went undiscussed for three weeks. The former 7th round pick shifted from tackle to guard this off-season, which appears to have paid dividends. Not only did he allow zero pressures in 38 pass-blocking snaps, but he also finished with a 92.1 run-blocking grade, according to Pro Football Focus.

That is the highest among all guards in the preseason.

Lachavious Simmons was awful last year in limited snaps at RT. The new regime put him at LG and he played pretty well this preseason, especially in the run game. He even played with the 2nd team this last week. I hope the Bears bring him back onto the practice squad pic.twitter.com/Uv13zFIUIY

— Chicago Football Connection (@CFCBears) August 29, 2022

Chicago Bears have to like what they see from Simmons.

There was always a belief the young blocker had potential. His mixture of size, length, and power was hard to ignore. The problem is he struggled to handle NFL speed at tackle. Recognizing this, the new coaching staff decided to move him inside, which wasn’t as big of an issue. Simmons appears to have flourished with the change. His power shows up in the run game, and he does a much better job using his length in pass protection.

Depth is a major question mark for the Chicago Bears on the interior. Simmons looks like he can be a quality option at both guard positions. It comes down to how many they want to carry. Cody Whitehair and Teven Jenkins look like starters. That means Simmons is battling veteran Michael Schofield and rookies Ja’Tyre Carter and Zachary Thomas for maybe two backup jobs.

He did everything possible to state his case. Now it comes down to what offensive line coach Chris Morgan wants.

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