By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
With rookie mini-camp complete and OTAs underway, the Chicago Bears are slowly putting together a well-balanced team. Ryan Pace and company have done their due diligence in signing key players that will have an immediate impact on the team.
But it’s those additional spots, the supplemental players that will have to be ready to step in on a moment’s notice. Who will make a statement in training camp that they belong on this team? Who will shine when it matters and when it counts?
In an attempt (and I use that word strongly here) to get a better handle of who will have to step it up to be a fit for the Bears 53-man roster, below is a guess as to what that could look like:
DT John Jenkins
H Pat O’Donnell
These estimates are what is on paper, but it will ultimately come down to preseason and what each player projects on the field. The Bears cannot afford to put together a mediocre team. They must be prepared for the next man up who has proven ability and can jump in ready to grind on the gridiron.
The practice squad will probably hold WR Tanner Gentry, Kevin Toliver, Nick Orr, DT Rashaad Coward, RB Taquan Mizzell, WR Javon Wims. Personally, I would like to see Wims on the roster instead of Bellamy, and it could still happen.
Even though Jonathan Franklin III is an athletic specimen, a crash course as a defensive back just doesn’t bode well in the NFL. He needs a lot of practice, as he has spent most of his college career as a quarterback. However, don’t be surprised if he ends up on the practice squad or as a possible punt returner with his speed.
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