Chicago Bears' projected roster

August, 18, 2014
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Examining the Chicago Bears' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Clausen appears to have passed Jordan Palmer, but Bears coach Marc Trestman maintains the situation remains fluid. Fales' delivery looks a bit odd, but he knows where to go with the ball, makes quick decisions and anticipates well.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

The distribution of snaps through the first two games doesn't favor Michael Ford making the team. Trestman recently said Ford is somewhat behind Carey and Draughn on the depth chart. Draughn appears to have solidified the No. 2 spot.

RECEIVERS (5)

Wilson will miss time, but the Bears recently signed Holmes to come in and compete for the No. 3 position. With the club releasing Eric Weems, Holmes should have a legitimate opportunity to stick. Chris Williams needs to get back into the mix. He's missed time with a hamstring injury.

TIGHT ENDS (2)
Zach Miller appeared to be well on his way to claiming the second tight end position, but a torn ligament in his foot landed him on injured reserve. Rosario is the most well-rounded tight end among the candidates for the second spot.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)

Injuries to De La Puente, Mills and Britton have given younger players more repetitions, but this position appears to be too deep for any of the younger players to make an impact. This is one of the team's deepest positions.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

Scott and Lane have come on strong, and they could actually become regular contributors in the defensive line rotation.

LINEBACKERS (6)

McClellin and Bostic played better in the club's second preseason outing, but the former doesn't exactly inspire confidence as the starting strong side linebacker. In a perfect world, Bostic, Williams and Briggs are the three starters, but it appears McClellin will wind up in the starting lineup.

CORNERBACKS (5)

McManis has put together arguably the best camp of all the players at this position. Fuller is nursing an ankle injury, but he has more than solidified his roster spot.

SAFETIES (4)

The Bears continue to use McCray and Mundy in the starting lineup, and Conte will need to make up some ground to unseat one of them. The club sporadically uses Adrian Wilson on the first team, and he hasn't yet shown enough to stick. The last two preseason games will be huge for Wilson.

SPECIALISTS (4)

The Bears eliminated Williams' main competition for jobs in the return game by releasing Weems. Tress Way has given O'Donnell a run for his money, but the Bears will likely opt for the draft pick O'Donnell.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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