How will the Chicago Bears safeties depth chart play out?
Now that the NFL draft is over it is time to start looking to rookie camps, OTAs and training camp. The 90-man roster is now set so the time to speculate about who will be in what spot, and who may make the 53-man roster is here. In this series, we will go position by position to project the potential depth chart of the Bears come August. This edition will focus on safeties.
1. Quintin Demps
Demps was a great signing and an underrated reason as to why the Texans had as much success as they did last season. He will fit perfectly next to Adrian Amos as a combination safety and it should be an impact signing. Demps is the most experienced, and talented safety on the roster and should be an instant starter.
2. Adrian Amos
Amos is a solid combination with Demps. The two can play two high, and both can creep into the box and make plays against the run. Amos has been the most consistent safety over the past two seasons and while he has not been a game changer, he is not an issue as a starter either.
3. Eddie Jackson
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Jackson is an interesting case. While those two can play deep, they can not play the sideline to sideline, cover-one type of deep that Jackson can bring. Jackson is still raw and is coming off of a leg injury, but he can provide an impact rotationally and situationally as a rookie.
4. Deon Bush
Deon Bush was drafted to a similar mold as Jackson. Bush is supposed to have solid range and is a physical backend presence. However, he made a limited impact as a rookie and looked lost on the in most of his limited snaps. He is still a fourth-round rookie and will get another chance, but he still has work to do.
5. Harold Jones-Quartey
Jones-Quartey played most of the past season next to Amos. Jones-Quartey is a free agent next year, he was not brought in by General Manager Ryan Pace and his regime, and since they have arrived they have drafted three safeties. Still, he is more talented than Jackson and Bush at this point and is a solid tackler in terms of angles and form tackling ability. He may not be in strong favor of the Bears, but his ability should win him a roster spot.
6. DeAndre Houston-Carson
Houston-Carson would be a casualty if Jones-Quartey is to make the team. Still, Houston-Carson has come along slower than Bush. Of course, Bush was drafted two rounds ahead of Houston-Carson. Still, with a loaded group and a chance to get Houston-Carson on the practice squad, he is most likely to go.
7. Chris Prosinski
Prosinski is a guy who will make his case for being on the roster with special teams play. He took some safety snaps last season, but special teams is where he will make his money, and he may jump a guy or two at the bottom of the depth chart to get there.