Roster cut-downs are still a few weeks away, but it’s something to keep an eye on as you watch the last three preseason games. In my estimation, some former standouts and fan favorites could be on the bubble. We’ll break this roster down several different ways in the weeks leading up to final cut down day on September 5th. I’ve taken the Bears 80 man roster in camp right now and put together my first impression of how the roster breaks down into 4 groups – Locks, Solid, Bubble, and Not Looking So Good.
First, let’s look at the Locks to make the 53-man roster. These are your stars, starters and specialists. These guy are on the team, no doubt in my mind.
The next group consists of the guys who are pretty safe to make the final 53. There are some starters and solid backups among this group and I expect them to make the squad.
So in my estimation, we have 39 guys fighting for the final 13 roster spots. When camp breaks and the Bears had back to Lake Forest, these guys should probably be renting, not buying. It’s worth noting that some of these guys are probably good developmental projects that are practice squad material. And don’t be surprised if some of these guys have mysterious season ending injuries. Like many teams, the Bears try to essentially Red Shirt some guys by placing them on Injured Reserve.
There should be some good competition among these guys and I’ll be following these guys closely on Saturday to see who distinguishes themselves. Let’s break them into two groups.
Bubble Guys (28):
Not looking so good (11):
Milan, J. J.
Keep in mind, this is my opinion of how the roster starts to take shape. You’ll notice that there are quite a few familiar names on that list of Bubble guys. So if you’re looking for something to pay attention to Saturday night against the Giants, keep an eye on the guys in these last two groups in particular. They’ll be the guys playing most of the second half. Coaches will be evaluating these guys to see if they can contribute on Special Teams or if they’re versatile enough to fill a couple of different roles on Sundays.
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