Chicago Bears 2020 53-man roster instant reactions
Here is the Chicago Bears 2020 initial 53-man roster
The Chicago Bears finally pushed their roster down to 53 men with the final cuts coming this afternoon. Let’s take a look at each position, as well as some initial thoughts from the first go around the roster.
Quarterback (2): Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles
No surprise here. We know Tyler Bray has a great relationship with Matt Nagy and will be back on the practice squad.
Running Back (4): David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall
Again, no surprises at all. Some fans wanted Nall off the roster, but his versatility was too much to be unseated. It also is a good sign for Montgomery that the Bears did not add an extra running back.
Wide receiver (6): Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Ted Ginn, Darnell Mooney, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley
Wims was arguably on the hot seat, but with Patterson moving to running back, there was always the opening for a sixth receiver making the squad.
Tight end (5): Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, Demetrius Harris, JP Holtz, Eric Saubert
In our most recent prediction, it was Jesper Horsted, not Saubert making it, so this is the first real surprise of the list. Saubert is more complete, and Horsted is a practice squad lock.
Offensive Line (9): Charles Leno Jr., James Daniels, Cody Whitehair, German Ifedi, Bobby Massie, Alex Bars, Rashaad Coward, Jason Spriggs, Arlington Hambright
The starting five is no shock, but there was a debate about the final four spots. However, the top candidates made it. Spriggs being injured, and Lachavious Simmons being drafted may have been a reason to think Simmons would have made it, but he also will find himself on the practice squad.
Defensive Line (5): Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols, Roy Robertson-Harris, Brent Urban, John Jenkins
Only keeping five defensive linemen opened the team up to keep an extra offensive lineman. They usually keep six.
Edge Rushers (5): Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson, James Vaughters, Barkevious Mingo
We knew there was one spot for Vaughters or Isaiah Irving. Irving lost the battle but may end up on practice squad. Still, that is a tough blow for the UDFA.
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Linebacker (4): Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Josh Woods
This was the expected four throughout the offseason.
Defensive backs (10)
Kyle Fuller, Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor, Buster Skrine, Duke Shelley, Eddie Jackson, Deon Bush, Tashaun Gipson, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Sherrick McManis
NOTE: Marquis Christian suspended
As noted, keeping five defensive linemen opened an extra backfield spot for Christian or McManis, who was on the bubble. What is surprising is that even with extra defensive backs, Kevin Toliver did not make the roster. They must not have liked him when he had his chances in camp.