Germain Ifedi was a first-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Before that, he was a standout performer at Texas A&M.
And this offseason, Ifedi reached out to an old college buddy to workout and get better. Of course, having a Hall of Fame dad who also can chip in with some pointers helps the situation, too:
#Bears OL Germain Ifedi said he's been working out with his former Texas A&M teammate Jake Matthews – and Matthews' dad, Bruce, the Hall of Fame offensive lineman.
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) June 11, 2020
Using college ties (to work with a former college teammate like Jake Matthews, as well as Matthews’ Hall of Fame father Bruce Matthews) is a tremendous use of time and friendships. Anything Ifedi can learn from a Hall of Famer who had a decorated career (14 Pro Bowls, 7 first-team All-Pro nods) and serious NFL bloodlines that could potentially be applied in his quest toward becoming the Chicago Bears’ starting right guard would be welcome. And that Ifedi is also working with Jake Matthews, the Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle who was PFF’s 13th-highest-graded tackle last year makes it that much more interesting. Knowledge is power.
The quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles might take center stage, but it isn’t the only one that should be viewed as appointment watching.
What happens in front of Trubisky or Foles will ultimately dictate who performs best. Let’s face it. The guys protecting the quarterback and giving them time to read the defense is almost as important as the guy making the decisions with the pigskin. And that’s why I’m paying close attention to the competition at right guard between Ifedi and returning starter Rashaad Coward. Let the battle begin!