A.J. Desai

The Bears Brawl contributor

The right end position has been a boomerang back and forth for a couple of years now for the Chicago Bears. We went into the 2018 season with Bilal Nichols, Jonathan Bullard, and Roy Robertson-Harris. Guess what? If the Bears do not make a signing or draft anybody, they will have to roll with these three at right end for 2019.

 

Let’s take a look at the numbers of this group:

 

Bilal Nichols: Played in 14 games, started 6. Ended the season with 28 tackles, 2 forced fumbles recovered 1, 3 sacks, 8 QB hits, 5 tackles for loss.

 

Jonathan Bullard: Played in 46 games, started 5. Ended the season with 18 tackles, 3 tackles of loss, 1 QB hit, and 2 passes defended.

 

Roy Robertson-Harris: Played in all games, 22 tackles, 3 sacks, 11 QB hits, and 3 tackles for loss.

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Looking at all these numbers. The elephant in the room is Jonathan Bullard. He has not performed or amounted to anything as a third-round pick in 2016. Let us not forget that Mitch Unrein started over Jonathan Bullard in 2017. Second, he did not in Vic Fangio’s defense, and he will certainly not fit in Chuck Pagano’s defense. It is his contract year, safe to say he will most likely not be back in the Bears uniform in 2020.

 

Now, as far as the youngsters go and seeing what we have in Bilal Nichols, and Roy Robertson-Harris. They are few steps below compared to what we have on the left side in Akiem Hicks. I am not insinuating Nichols and Robertson-Harris cannot hold the right side down, however the potential is there, but if the Bears chose to let Roy Robertson-Harris walk in 2020, it would only leave Bilal Nichols at the right end position going into the 2020 season. In other words, the Bears have a little flexibility at the right end position with Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris through 2019. As I mentioned above, Jonathan Bullard will most likely be gone.

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Bilal Nichols will most likely be the starter with Roy-Robertson Harris rotating off the sidelines. Perhaps, if Roy-Robertson Harris can boost his production, he will most likely get a 2nd rounder tender slapped on him or a 2-3-year deal that is reasonable for the future. However, they still need that “dominant” force to go with Akiem Hicks. Looking forward to free agency next year, there is a lot of big names out that will we 99.99% not sign because the Bears have homegrown talent to take care of in terms of resigning.

 

However, as far as the draft goes, the expectation is the Bears need to draft a right end with one of our 2nd round picks in 2020 and carry 3 right ends going into the season. The Bears can get creative by just going into the 2019 season with Nichols, Robertson-Harris, and draft a player or sign a veteran like Corey Luiget this season just to fill the void and give the opportunity to Liuget to play his primary position with the Bears. The Bears will have options and cap room if they decide to go the veteran route or the draft to beef up the right end position for 2020 and the years to come.

AJ Desai

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