Chicago Bears Roster Review: Ryan Groy


Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears guard Ryan Groy (79) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has quite a rebuilding project on his hands. In the next phase of our Chicago Bears Roster Review, we look at the players who are currently on the Bears roster. We’ll look back at their 2014 season and look ahead to how they might fit into the team’s plans in 2015.

Ryan Groy, G, 24

2014 Season

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Groy was placed on the active roster on Nov. 10, 2014, which allowed him to play four games, three of which he started. He officially replaced Michael Ola as left guard, which made him the fourth starter at this position of the season. There were hopes that he would build on Ola’s gains for the rest of the season, but not much occurred. He was Matt Garza’s backup for center throughout the season.


While at Wisconsin, Groy never missed one game out of 54 total, with 33 starts. Of these games, he started a left tackle, left guard, center and fullback, making him a rather adaptable player. During his senior year, he earned a fourth letter by starting all 13 games at left guard. He did set single-season records for total offense (480.8 yards per game), rushing yards (3,689) and average yards per rushing attempt (6.62).

2015 Outlook

With a new mindset and focus, the Bears may by play around in finding a permanent position for Groy.  With Garza’s release, and the fact that Groy has had some experience, he could be used as a guard. At least this player is able to fill-in as needed, so with better coaching, he should be able to take hold of this position or any other spot the coaches feel he is best at.