The Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense must keep these two Bears in check.
Early in the 2010s, Jimmy Graham was one of the most electrifying tight ends in the NFL and a big-play threat that was able to score at ease. In his first five seasons, he hauled in 51 touchdowns, was named First-Team All-Pro once, and earned three of his five Pro Bowl designations.
Although Graham is no longer the player he was early in his career, he’s a still reliable target that provides the Bears offense a safety valve. In 2020, he’s caught 44 receptions for 382 yards and six touchdowns. The ‘Jags’ have struggled to cover tight ends this season, so this is going to be a matchup that could end up having a big impact on the outcome of the game.
When the Bears drafted Charles Leno Jr. in 2014’s draft, Jermon Bushrod was the team’s starting left tackle. However, it only took the former one season to take over the position and has been the team’s blindside protector since then. All in all, the Boise State product has been remarkably durable and started 91 games since 2015.
This season, Leno has played on 100 percent of the team’s total snaps on offense and even though he’s given up five sacks, he’s got a 74.4 Pro Football Focus grade. The Jaguars’ pass rush has been a non-factor in the last two games, and if they want to change that, they will have to find a way to generate pressure upfront in Week 16.