Five bench players who can win a starting job by the end of the year

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 10: Mitch Trubisky
DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 10: Mitch Trubisky /
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Who are the players who could earn starting spots for the future in 2017?

Every year there are players who start off on the bench in a reserve role and are starting by the end of the season. Some are for good reason, others due to injury. Last season, Jordan Howard, and Cameron Meredith were backups and Cody Whitehair was handed a starting job due to an injury to Hroniss Grasu. Now, the three are key starters moving forward. Who are five candidates to be in that position in 2017?

Mitchell Trubisky

We will start with the obvious. Trubisky has a chance, but all indications point to him spending at least the start of the season on the bench. Still, whether Mike Glennon struggles or succeeds, it is hard to see the Bears truly going an entire season without at least seeing what they have in Trubisky. I mean, the one knock on him was a lack of playing time. He has to see the field.

When he does, there is obviously no turning back. At least not for another season. Trubisky has to be given every chance to find himself, and it will likely take over two years to truly understand what the team has in him. Still, expect Trubisky to be starting by week 17, and at this point next year Trubisky will be penned in as a starting NFL quarterback.