Braxton Jones

Bears LT Braxton Jones continues garnering respect after impressive rookie season

Chicago Bears left tackle Braxton Jones isn’t a household name, but if he continues enjoying seasons like he had as a rookie, he may soon be recognized as one of the top offensive tackles in the game.

Jones, a fifth-round pick from Southern Utah in 2022, was the Bears’ biggest surprise last season. Initially viewed as a developmental tackle with upside, Jones quickly emerged as the best left tackle on the roster. He went on to start all 17 games.

Braxton Jones’ season was soo good that he was named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Rookie Team.

“One of the steals of the draft class so far,” PFF’s Michael Renner wrote. “The Bears’ fifth-rounder did enough to put himself as their undisputed long-term starter at left tackle. He finished with a 79.4 run-blocking grade and a 70.5 pass-blocking grade on the season.”

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