Chicago Bears: Surprises from the first unofficial defensive depth chart

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The Chicago Bears are preparing for their first preseason game this Saturday. The Bears will face off against the Miami Dolphins and the two teams are holding joint practices this week. Today was the first of the two, with another to follow tomorrow.

Ahead of the first preseason game, the Chicago Bears released their first “unofficial” depth chart. This depth chart could see plenty of changes before the start of the regular season, but it gives us a window into the minds of the team’s coaching staff.

We recently went through and looked at the offensive side of the depth chart. There were not many big surprises that made you go, whoa! However, there were definitely a few guys I was not expecting to be ahead of others in regards to depth. The same could be said with the defensive side of the football.

A breakdown of the Chicago Bears unofficial defensive depth chart

Injuries have been a big problem for the Chicago Bears to date. There’s no reason to go over it in detail again. You can read about all of the injuries in the offensive depth chart article. What we will mention is that on the defensive side of the ball, they have definitely seen less severe injuries. Players like Robert Quinn have missed time, but only on a limited basis. The same can be said for Desmond Trufant, Roquan Smith, Tashaun Gipson and Artie Burns.

Eddie Jackson is the only one to miss significant time (hamstring), but even he has returned. Let’s take a look at each position and see what stands out on the defensive depth chart.