Chicago Bears: 53-man roster prediction following the draft

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Chicago Bears, Eddie Jackson
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Eddie Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, Deon Bush, Sherrick McManis, Jordan Lucas (5)

Two more positional groups to go. Safety was a glaring hole for the Chicago Bears once the team decided not to bring back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. We know the team has All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson, who is one of the best safeties in the NFL. He had a down year statistically last season, but was still one of the best coverage safeties in the game.

Many thought Deon Bush could handle the opposite safety spot. Apparently the Chicago Bears did not trust him to do so since they signed Tashaun Gipson recently. Gipson should have no problem supplanting Deon Bush and lining up next to Jackson. He brings the best skillset to play next to Jackson too. He can play both free safety and strong safety. This is important in today’s NFL when teams run many split-coverages where each safety may have to play deep or in the box.

Bush will still be the backup. Sherrick McManis will be on the depth chart as a safety, but we all know his role. McManis has been one of the best special team players in the NFL for years. Bringing him back was a smart move for Ryan Pace. Finally, I see Jordan Lucas winning the final safety spot as I only have the Bears keeping five on the final 53-man roster.