Chicago Bears 2020 53-man roster instant reactions

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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.