What would the Chicago Bears 53-man roster look like after the 2020 offseason?
Over the past few weeks, we have gone through each position’s depth chart to see where the Chicago Bears’ strengths and weaknesses are. After going through each position, some of the core 53-man roster projection battles were shown.
There is plenty of time, but this may be the most abbreviated offseason to date. With that in mind, the depth chart may be as clear as it ever has been. What would an initial 53-man roster projection look like?
Quarterback (2): Mitch Trubisky Nick Foles
Matt Nagy has a relationship with Tyler Bray that allows them to keep him close by without ever carrying him on the 53-man roster. This leaves us with our two-person competition.
Running back (4): David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Cordarelle Patterson, Ryan Nall.
Without signing a running back, or moving Patterson to an exclusive running back on the depth chart, there is very little depth here. Both Artavis Pierce and Napoleon Maxwell could stick on the practice squad.
Wide receiver (6): Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Ted Ginn, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, Darnell Mooney
The top six seem set here. Trevor Davis could make it if Mooney is entirely unprepared to make the jump, and Alex Welsey brings practice squad potential.
Tight End (4) Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, Demetrius Harris, J.P. Holtz
All of the jokes about how many tight ends the Chicago Bears have, but in reality, they will likely keep four, and all four have a role in the offense. Jesper Horsted is a fringe roster candidate, but a prime practice squad player.
Offensive Line (9): Charles Leno, Bobby Massie, Cody Whitehair, James Daniels, Germain Ifedi, Jason Spriggs, Alex Bars, Rashard Coward, Sam Mustipher
This was the toughest to sort out. The top five seem set, but beyond that, the question becomes how much depth the team will keep. Spriggs makes it as one of the few depth options on the roster with tackle experience in the NFL, while Mustipher makes it as the only depth option to be a true center. Bars and Coward both have guard/tackle versatility. This means Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons missing the cut, but with both being invested in with a seventh-round pick, they are likely to find their way to the practice squad. Dieter Eiselen, Dino Boyd, Badara Traore are also practice squad options.
Defensive Line (6): Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols, Eddie Goldman, Roy Robertson-Harris, Brent Urban, Abdullah Anderson
The Chicago Bears brought back John Jenkins, who will compete with Abdullah Anderson for the backup nose tackle spot. Still, Anderson held that spot down and is younger, so it is his job to lose. The other five should set.
EDGE (5): Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson, Barkevious Mingo, Isaiah Irving
The big competition will be Irving against James Vaughters for the last spot. Irving does not have practice squad eligibility while Vaughters does so that we will send Vaughters to the practice squad.
Linebacker (4): Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Josh Woods
With little depth behind these names, there is not much debate here. Devante Bond, Keandre Jones, and Rashad Smith have practice squad eligibility.
Cornerback (6): Kyle Fuller, Jaylon Johnson, Buster Skrine, Kevin Toliver, Duke Shelley, Kindle Vildor
Artie Burns was brought in for insurance, but after drafting two corners, he is going to struggle to make this roster. Stephen Denmark and one of Xavier Crawford or Michael Joseph could stick on the practice squad.
Safety (4): Eddie Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston-Carson
Jordan Lucas could make it, but it is hard to find a spot for him without cutting at another position. This does look like the end of the road for Sherrick McManis
Specialists (3): Pat O’Donnell, Eddie Pineiro, Patrick Scales
Practice squad (in no order)
1. Tyler Bray
2. Artavis Pierce
3. Badara Traore
4. Alex Wesley
5. Jesper Horsted
6. Darrion Clark
7. Arlington Hambright
8. Lachavious Simmons
9. Dieter Eiselen
10. James Vaughters
11. Stephen Denmark
12. Devante Bond