When the Chicago Bears make their cuts down to 53 men this weekend, what could it look like?
As we near the start of the Chicago Bears regular season, the team has yet to cut their roster down to 53 men. It will be tougher than ever to predict who will stay and who will go this year without a preseason. However, with 16 practice squad spots, and only 80 camp spots to start, there are 69 total players who will be staying with the Bears, and only 11 who will be cut from the team altogether.
Still, we have to figure out who will make the top 53 before seeing if the Bears can keep their next 16 players on the practice squad.
Quarterback (2): Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles
This seems cut and dry. We know Tyler Bray has allegiance to Matt Nagy and with the extra practice squad spots, there is no doubt he will be there.
Running Back (4): David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall
The Montgomery injury is concerning, but the Bears seem confident he will not miss any long term time. With that in mind, they are not going to be able to add an extra back in his place, and will carry him as one of their four backs.
Wide Receiver (6): Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller,Ted Ginn, Darnell Mooney, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley
Many think this could be the end for Javon Wims, and he is certainly on the edge. The question will be whether they keep players at other positions over Wims than another receiver beating out Wims.
Tight End (5): Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, Demetrius Harris, J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted
In our last edition Jesper Horsted did not make the cut. However, when you hear Matt Nagy talk about tight ends, and how valuable they are, and you see that the Bears offensive line is shaping up at right guard, they may keep an extra tight end over an offensive lineman.
Offensive Line (8): Charles Leno, Cody Whitehair, James Daniels, Germain Ifedi, Bobby Massie, Rashad Coward, Corey Levin, Alex Bars
As noted, with Ifedi winning the right guard job early in camp, it has allowed Bars and Coward to get legitimate work at tackle this offseason. With both having tackle ability and Jason Spriggs being injured, perhaps they move on, or place Spriggs on the IR? This would free up the extra spot for someone like Horsted or Wims. Levin also can play center and guard.
Defensive Line (6): Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols, Roy Robertson-Harris, John Jenkins, Brent Urban, Abdullah Anderson
With Eddie Goldman out, the competition between RRH and Anderson for backup nose tackle duties turned into both making the team and not much debate going on at nose tackle.
Edge Rusher (5): Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson, Barkevious Mingo, Isaiah Irving
Jame Vaughters made the roster last year, but with Gipson and Mingo added, it is hard to see both him and Irving making the team. Irving gets the nod with more experience and youth.
Linebacker (4): Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Rashad Smith
Josh Woods has been banged up and Rashad Smith has had rave reviews at camp. In all likelihood either or both would have a good chance at making it to the practice squad.
Cornerback (6): Kyle Fuller, Jaylon Johnson, Buster Skrine, Kevin Toliver, Duke Shelley, Kindle Vildor
The Bears may only keep five cornerbacks, but they are invested in all six of these players. With Vildor and Shelley have slot and outside versatility, as well as Vildor being a special teams option, both cornerbacks make the roster.
Safety (4): Eddie Jackson, Deon Bush, Tashaun Gipson, DeAndre Houston-Carson
With six cornerbacks making it, the Bears only keep four safeties, and this means the end of Sherrick McManis. With it being easier to get players to practice squad this year, they may keep the special teams veteran and push Shelley or Vildor to practice squad. However, if the young pups can unseat him on special teams, they can move on from McManis and keep another young player on the practice squad.
Specialist (3): Eddy Pineiro, Pat O Donnell, Patrick Scales