Khyiris Tonga

Countdown to Bears Training Camp: NT Khyiris Tonga

Chicago Bears 2022 training camp kicks off July 26 and will run through September 1. It’ll be an exciting time for a Bears roster that has undergone a significant makeover in general manager Ryan Poles’ first offseason. He’s added a blend of rookies and veterans who will compete for starting jobs on both sides of the ball, and with a new coaching staff in charge of the depth chart, Chicago will be a meritocracy in 2022.

In this series on Bears Talk, we’ll countdown the days until training camp with player spotlights. Next up: nose tackle Khyiris Tonga.


The Chicago Bears selected Khyiris Tonga in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL draft after a quality collegiate career at BYU. Tonga appeared in 47 games for the Cougars and profiled as a quality early-down run-stuffer. He was a perfect fit for the 3-4 scheme the Bears deployed before coach Matt Eberflus’ arrival. But switching to a 4-3 alignment creates questions about Tonga’s role.

Khyiris Tonga logged 217 snaps as a rookie and totaled 24 tackles. He emerged as a quality selection from former general manager Ryan Pace’s final draft with the Bears.

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