Monday, August 11, 2014
Chicago Bears' projected roster
By Michael C. Wright
Examining the Chicago Bears' roster:
Jimmy 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. The game wasn't too big for Fales in his NFL debut.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
Local favorite Jordan Lynch probably won't make the 53-man roster, but he's shown he's capable of playing in the NFL. Lynch is probably a practice squad candidate, but other teams could become interested if the former quarterback plays well in the preseason. The team needs to give Ford more reps in its next preseason game.
Wilson is expected to miss some time in the regular season, which means players such as Weems, Morgan, and Josh Bellamy have a legitimate shot to win the No. 3 job. Chris Williams suffered a hamstring injury scoring a touchdown in the preseason opener, and it could wind up costing him a job.
TIGHT ENDS (2)
Miller displayed the promise he showed as a rookie in Jacksonville back in 2009, catching six passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. Miller will likely unseat Dante Rosario, but the Bears could still wind up keeping the latter if they decide to go with three tight ends.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)
The newcomers may not have a chance to crack the roster, because the offensive line is deep. Injuries to De La Puente, Mills and Britton have given some of the younger players a shot at more repetitions. But they still won't be able to beat out the proven players already on the roster.
DEFENSIVE LINE (10)
Scott and Lane have come on strongly enough that they could actually become regular contributors in the defensive line rotation.
McClellin continues to struggle, but the coaching staff remains optimistic he'll develop into a starting-caliber strongside linebacker. This entire group struggled in the preseason opener and needs to improve moving forward, because linebacker is a featured position in this revamped scheme.
Isaiah Frey started to make plays at camp, but a hamstring has left him sidelined for the past several practices. Frey was the club's starting nickel corner last season, but may have trouble making the roster if he can't get back out on the field to show what he can do.
Tough decisions loom at this position. For the past several practices and the preseason opener, Mundy and McCray have worked with the starters. Craig Steltz and Conte are back off the physically unable to perform list. Veteran Adrian Wilson is beginning to look like a long shot to make the roster.
Williams has been solid as a receiver thus far at camp, but a hamstring injury could sink his chances if he doesn't return soon. Besides that, Weems is a proven commodity as a special-teamer.