Now that the Chicago Bears have gone through the key stages of free agency, and the NFL draft the roster is starting to come into shape. It may not be quite what fans want it to be right now, but they have to remember that Ryan Pace kept kicking the can down the road knowing someone would pay for it. Ryan Poles is paying for it in a big hit, rather than trying to ease it over or keep pushing it away.
The biggest note of this 53-man roster projection is that it differed heavily to Ryan Poles players. If there were two depth players, and they are close, it is hard not to stick with the player that Poles brought in recently over the player that was already here. Considering where the roster, is and how much Poles want to change this is a fair assumption. At the same time, it is also unlikely that so many of his draft picks win out jobs, and that may be fair to consider as well.
Quarterback (2) Justin Fields, Trevor Siemian
The only question here is whether the team would keep Ryan Willis or not. The assumption would be that if he were cut he could clear waivers and circle back to the practice squad.
Running back (5): David Montgomery, Khalil Herbert, Darrynton Evans, Trestan Ebner, Khari Blassingame
This one is tough because there are not many rooms that will keep four runnings and a full back. However, with four running backs, Ebner is almost a pseudo wide receiver who has as much receiving production as rushing. If any name does not make it, it would be Evans or Ebner, two players who are similar, but both brought in by Poles.
Tight End (4): Cole Kmet, Ryan Griffin, James O’Shaugnessy, Jesper Horsted
The Chicago Bears added two UDFAs into the mix, and it is fair that they may compete for a roster spot, but at this point, this seems to be the room that Poles is envisioning for week one.
Wide Receiver (5): Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Equanimious St. Brown, Velus Jones, David Moore
The lack of depth at wide receiver made it much easier to keep Ebner and Evans as pass-catching backs. Dazz Newsome and Isaiah Coulter are the next names on the totem pole as they enter training camp, so the competition for the sixth spot could certainly lose out to both backs.