Chicago Bears Linebackers Depth Chart: Post OTAs
Now that OTAs are over the next event we are set to look forward to is training camp. The depth chart will officially be set for the start of training camp. Of course, shifting can and will occur, but we will get to see who runs with what team for the first time.
With that in mind, what should we expect to see from the linebacker position now that we have heard all of the OTA reports?
1. Roquan Smith
Roquan Smith being this high is not a surprise, but fans should look for him to step into a leadership role this summer and heading into the season. Smith is expected to be more vocal on and off of the field.
2. Danny Trevathan
Smith has spent the first two years learning behind Danny Trevathan. Trevathan has seen his play decrease a bit, but he has always held high regard in the locker room.
3. Christian Jones
Christian Jones may see the field more often than fans think as a pass rusher who can step in not only for Trevethan but for Robert Quinn.
4. Austin Calitro
Fans may not know Austin Calitro, but he is an underrated depth linebacker who was in a Vic Fangio defense last season. He could stick around over some of the other names we are used to.
5. Josh Woods
Josh Woods has had chances but has been stuck in that role in between linebacker and safety. It is special teams that will save his chances of making the Bears roster.
6. Joel Iyiegbuniwe
Last year you could start to feel that Woods was passing Iggy on the linebacker depth chart. Now, the Bears have added Christian Jones and Calitro who could push Iggy off of the roster. Fans wondered what his worth was when he was drafted, and Ryan Pace swung and missed here.
7. Caleb Johnson
Johnson is a UDFA from Houston Baptist. Given his cost control the Bears may keep him on the practice squad over someone like Iggy, but he is certainly behind Iggy for now.