After two preseason games and a full slate of training camp practices, who has moved up or moved out of the 53-man roster?
The Chicago Bears are set to break camp and head into their third preseason game with a last chance to look at things before setting a starting lineup for the “dress rehearsal” game. With that in mind, it is a good chance to update the projected 53-man roster and look at some names who have been added or dropped from the group. Here is the 53-man projection 1.0.
Quarterbacks (3): Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray
Same story as before. Bray will be inactive on game days, but likely does make the team.
Running backs (4): Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham, Michael Burton.
In the pre-training camp projection, it was Ryan Nall and not Michael Burton on the roster. Nall has yet to take a snap at, and Matt Nagy has shown a liking to using that position. The team could elect to keep Nall as a fifth back, but Burton seems to be comfortably ahead for the time being.
Wide Receiver (6): Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White, Javon Wims, Josh Bellamy
In the last post, we were looking for Bennie Fowler to emerge over Josh Bellamy. Bellamy missed the second preseason game with a shoulder injury. However, Fowler had no impact and was playing deep into the fourth quarter. After a drop in the Hall of Fame game, he seems to have a long climb back to the 53-man.
Tight End (4): Adam Shaheen, Trey Burton, Dion Sims, Daniel Brown
Tight end remains the same as before. Ben Braunecker is making the decision extremely easy, and Brown is also showing a reason to hold onto him.
Offensive Line (8): Charles Leno, Bobby Massie, Cody Whitehair, Kyle Long, James Daniels, Eric Kush, Bradley Sowell, Earl Watford
We had Jordan Morgan on the 53-man roster. No way in the world that is happening now. The hope is that the team still wants him on the practice squad after his performances. Instead, it is Earl Watford, who the Chicago Bears have looked at as the starting right guard with Kyle Long easing into play.
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There has been a case for Rashaad Coward to make the team. While he has played well, he still does look very raw for the position. Other teams will take note but will need to keep him on the active roster if they claim him. He can slip through to the practice squad for another season still.
Defensive Line (6): Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Jonathan Bullard, Roy Robertson-Harris, Bilal Nichols, John Jenkins
This position did not move and is unlikely to move. Cavon Walker has made a push for the practice squad, though.
Linebacker (9): Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Nick Kwiatkoski, Leonard Floyd, Kylie Fitts, Kasim Edebali, Sam Acho, Isaiah Irving
The update here is Kasim Edebali over Aaron Lynch. Call me crazy, but I need to see Lynch practice before making the 53-man roster. Even with reports, he may return soon; the question is can he even last three weeks until the regular season? Edebali looked solid in his preseason debut and got the nod.
Defensive Backs (10): Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Deiondre Hall, Sherick McManis, Eddie Jackson, Adrian Amos, Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston-Carson
Without Kevin Toliver being able to put much out there, it is tough to project him to the 53-man roster. While Deiondre Hall is listed as a safety and has not played any cornerback snaps, he has had a better preseason than Toliver and Marcus Cooper combined. The Chicago Bears could elect to keep him, with Sherrick McManis technically being an outside cornerback as well.