What does the Bears 53-man roster project to look like?
The first preseason game is always a good indicator of where players stand, and what the coaches think rather than what you think of a player. With that said, it is the perfect time to update the 53-man roster projection. Based on the first preseason game, what changes have been made to the last edition?
Quarterback 3, Mike Glennon, Mitchell Trubisky, Mark Sanchez
The quarterbacks are not changing. The Bears showed that they are not worried about what they will get from Connor Shaw and that they are rolling with these three.
Running back, 3, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Ka’Deem Carey
Carey left the game with an injury, but the special team’s value and hard running style warrant him a roster spot. Cohen looked like a better, overall more dynamic player than Benny Cunningham, rendering his spot on their roster expendable.
Full back, 1, Michael Burton
Burton started over Freddie Stevenson, and should still be standing above him on the depth chart heading into week two.
Wide Receiver, 6, Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz, Deonte Thompson
For now, Deonte Thompson gets the last nod over Josh Bellamy. If either makes the team, it will be special teams value. However, with Carey making it and being a gunner, and Thompson adding in kick return ability, it looks like the better bet than keeping Bellamy as a gunner and Benny Cunningham as a kick returner.
Tight End 3: Zach Miller, Adam Shaheen, Dion Sims
The tight end situation is unlikely to change. Barring an injury, cough, Zach Miller, cough, it should be the three that make it.
Offensive Line, 9, Bobby Massie, Charles Leno, Kyle Long, Josh Sitton, Cody Whitehair, Hroniss Grasu, Jordan Morgan, Bradley Sowell, Tom Compton
With Long out and Eric Kush on the IR, the team went to Tom Compton as the backup guard. His versatility to play tackle and guard is likely going to be what pushes him on the roster.