Chicago Bears: Projecting rookie roles for the upcoming season

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Dazz Newsome, WR – Chicago Bears

Unfortunately, Dazz Newsome suffered a broken collarbone during rookie minicamp and will not be able to practice until the end of OTAs most likely. This is going to hamper his chances to really move up the depth chart, but he is still an exciting piece. He projects as a special teamer going into the season, but we might also see him on kickoff or punt return duties. He is a shifty ball carrier and any chance to get on the field will bode well for Newsome.

Depending on how much action Anthony Miller and Javon Wims see, Newsome could be this year’s Darnell Mooney and come out of nowhere to move up the depth chart. We will have to wait and see once he is healthy, but he could end up being a nice gadget piece as a slot receiver or in a hybrid role.

Khyiris Tonga, DL – Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears selected Khyiris Tonga to be a true run stuffer on the defensive line. He has physical traits that allow him to just eat up blocks, and as a team that has struggled against the run the last few years, his services might be called upon more than we think. He is still buried on the depth chart behind guys like Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols, Eddie Goldman, Angelo Blackson, Mike Penneland Mario Edwards, but he might see limited snaps on first and second downs.

Tonga is not going to be a pass rusher, but using him in short-yardage situations might make a difference between stops and allowing a first down. The Bears could use a guy like Tonga to eat up blocks to free up their star pass rushers, which could mean some unpredicted playing time for the rookie stuffer.

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The Chicago Bears walked away from the draft with a great rookie class. Bears fans should be super excited about what these rookies will provide in year one. Whether they are special teamers or projected starters, they will have to work hard to make their way up the depth chart.