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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the OL, I’ll be watching Rashaad Coward and Alex Bars closely. Coward really struggled in the 1st game, and needs to rebound to earn the top backup OT job. Bars, meanwhile, had a really strong debut and could get closer to locking down a roster spot if that continues.
— Johnathan Wood (@Johnathan_Wood1) August 16, 2019
No change here as this is a pretty solid group in Jay Rodgers rotation
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.
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.
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.
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.
2. Deon Bush has developed very nicely. The interception was a gift, but the Miami product is constantly hitting hard & making plays around the ball. I think he could be slated for that starting spot next to Eddie Jackson is HaHa Clinton-Dix walks in FA next year. #Bears
— G R I Z Z. (@GrizzlyGridiron) August 9, 2019
Eddy Pineiro or Elliott Fry need to bring the boom every single kick in the next three weeks.
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