Chicago Bears: Complete 53-Man Roster Predictions

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Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long (75) reacts before the game against the New York Jet at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line (7): Kyle Long, Matt Slauson, Will Montgomery, Jermon Bushrod, Jordan Mills, Vlad Ducasse and Hroniss Grasu

To be honest, keeping only seven on the offensive line may be tough for the Bears to navigate. That being said, there simply aren’t enough players who have proven to be worth keeping. Tackle Charles Leno is the notable exclusion from this prediction, but he has looked awful in the preseason. Leno was primed with an opportunity to take down the struggled Mills at right tackle, but he fell flat on his face.

In this scenario, the Bears would likely try to keep Leno on the practice squad, but even more importantly, I think they need to be watching the waiver wire. I have a hard time believing that other team’s cut players could not possibly be better than some of what the Bears have been throwing out there.

As it stands now, the starting offensive line for Week 1 will likely be: Bushrod at LT, Slauson at LG, Montgomery at C, Long at RG and Mills at RT. The versatility of Long to kick outside to tackle allows the Bears to keep only seven offensive lineman if they wish.

If Mills continues to struggle (like he probably will), the Bears can move Long to right tackle, and fill in at right guard with Ducasse, or maybe even Montgomery with Grasu taking over at center.

Long is the star of the group, with Slauson, Bushrod and Montgomery being above average to good players as well. There is some upside on this offensive line, but there is plenty of downside with the questions surrounding the group as well.

Next: Defensive Line