Chicago Bears Preseason Game #4: Position Battles (Offense)

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The fourth and final preseason game is usually the least exciting to watch for most fans. None of the starters generally play and it’s mostly a showcase for players battling for the last 8-10 spots on the final 53-man roster. With inexperienced players on the field most of the game, the quality of play can get pretty ugly but with final cuts around the corner this is the last chance for some players to make a positive impression on both the Bears brass and GMs around the league. I’ve broken down some of the offensive roster battles to keep an eye on during Thursday night’s game vs the Browns.

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Position Battles

3rd QB

The recent addition of former Bronco QB Zac Dysert puts the pressure on incumbent 3rd QB David Fales to win a roster spot with a strong performance in his start Thursday night. Fales was drafted in the 6th round by the old Bears regime, which removes any safety net the 2nd year player might have had. Both HC Fox and OC Gase are familiar with Dysert from his time in Denver and wouldn’t have brought him in if they didn’t think he was a potential upgrade over Fales. I think Dysert is the favorite for the 3rd QB job, but if Fales has a big game Thursday, the Bears brass will have to at least give a 2nd thought to the decision.

4th RB

This isn’t really a competition with RB Senorise Perry being put on injured reserve, but RB Ka’Deem Carey is firmly on the roster bubble still. The Bears have three RBs that are roster locks with Matt Forte, Jacquizz Rodgers, and rookie Jeremy Langford. It may have been a battle for the 4th spot between Perry and Carey with the former having a slight edge due to his special teams contributions, but now the Bears must decide if they want to keep a 4th RB at all. Carey hasn’t proven that he has special teams value, but he will have to on Thursday night if he wants to remain a Bear. I don’t see the Bears keeping a 4th RB unless he is a special teams contributor and Carey has one more chance to prove he can be one or I expect the Bears will keep an extra player at a different position or bring someone in off waivers.