Chicago Bears: 4 Defensive players who are on the roster bubble

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Stephen Denmark looks to no longer be a Chicago Bears project

The Chicago Bears drafted Stephen Denmark in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Yes, that is only one year ago, but it seems the team is not going to have room to continue with the Denmark project.

Last year, Denmark was cut prior to Week 1 of the NFL season. He was then added to the practice squad the very next day. Denmark did not make the active roster in 2019 but was signed to a reserve/future contract last December.

When looking at the roster, the team still lists Denmark as a cornerback despite most thinking he might be a better fit at safety. Either way, the Bears kept 10 defensive backs in 2019 — five cornerbacks and five safeties.

Looking at the corner position, the Chicago Bears have four instant locks in place. Kyle Fuller and second-round rookie pick Jaylon Johnson are the projected starters. Johnson might not start immediately, but he is the most talented. Buster Skrine is likely the starting nickel corner and Duke Shelley would slot in as the backup. Denmark is not going to find a way to take that final spot as a corner.

With only six safeties on the roster, Denmark has a better chance of earning a spot at that position — if given that chance. The problem is, even there he will struggle with Sherrick McManis, DeAndre Houston-Carson and newly acquired Marqui Christian ahead of him.