An early projection of the Bears 53-man roster

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

After the Chicago Bears lost their first preseason game of 2019 to the Carolina Panthers, it was clear who worked for that roster spot. After a few practices, skirmishes and then some, it’s safe to say that for the most part, the depth chart has been set, but with a few surprises.

Quarterback (2): Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel (Tyler Bray may get a practice squad spot)

Running Back (4): Tarik Cohen, Mike Davis, David Montgomery, Ryan Nall (Kerrith Whyte PS)

Whyte displayed some flashes of speed against the Panthers with six carries for 35 yards. But Nall has a bigger upside in his receiving skills, big body and can be interchangeable in position. 

Wide Receiver (6): Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley Ridley, Javon Wims (Thomas Ives, Jordan Williams-Lambert PS)

Wims has proven himself over and over again that he deserves a roster spot, even if that means a run with special teams or coverage units. 

Tight End (5): Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, Ben Braunecker, Bradley Sowell, Ian Bunting (Dax Raymond PS)

Bunting stands at 6-foot-7 and fills the depth at the tight end position, since there are concerns regarding the health of  Burton and Shaheen. He still needs to clean up some things when on the line and ball security. But his three catches for 77 yards were a beauty to behold.

Offensive Line (8): Charles Leno, Kyle Long, James Daniels, Cody Whitehair, Bobby Massie, Ted Larsen, TJ Clemmings, Alex Bars (Cornelius Lucas PS)

Rashaad Coward has continued to struggle to master the duties of a swing tackle. Alex Bars, on the other hand, looks sharp and has a great upside to handle that position.

Defensive Line (5): Akeim Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Bilal Nichols, Roy Robertson-Harris, Jonathan Bullard (Nick Williams, PS)

No change here as this is a pretty solid group in Jay Rodgers rotation

Outside Linebacker (4): Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, Aaron Lynch, Isaiah Irving (James Vaughters PS)

Kylie Fitts seems to have fizzled coming into preseason. And all the talk of Mathieu Betts and his prowess on the field was nowhere to be seen.

Inside Linebackers (5): Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Josh Woods

I don’t see how the Bears can possibly afford not to keep Nick Kwiatkoski but his lack of speed and hesitation has allowed way too many players to cut on the inside. If running back Christian McCaffrey was playing Thursday night, he would have smoked Kwiatkoski on every single cut. Woods did a much better job on the field with better quickness.

Cornerback (6): Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Buster Skrine, Michael Joseph, Duke Shelley, John Franklin III (Stephen Denmark, Clifton Duck PS)

Joseph has had a solid camp and showed some great quickness and skills against the Panthers. Kevin Toliver is still not where he should be and Clifton Duck showed some flash. Unfortunately, Denmark has yet to show off what he can do due to an injury.

Safety (5): Eddie Jackson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Deon Bush, Sherrick McManis, DeAndre Houston-Carson

This is a solid group with Bush having an incredible camp and preseason to show off his improvements. It will be interesting to see if Bush and Jackson emerge the safety tandem.

Specialists (3) Elliott Fry, Pat O’Donnell, Patrick Scales

Eddy Pineiro or Elliott Fry need to bring the boom every single kick in the next three weeks.

 

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