Chicago Bears 53-man roster projection: Post OTAs

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Wide Receiver (5): Byron Pringle, Darnell Mooney, Velus Jones, Equanimeous St. Brown, Dante Pettis

This was obviously a tough debate, and the team could keep up to seven wideouts if they felt the need. As noted, an extra running back could easily turn into the sixth wide receiver. The top three are locked in.

Considering ESB was signed early, got decent money, and knows the coaching staff, he is expected to be the fourth wide receiver here. Of course, a bad training camp could change that.

The last spot is the big one up for grabs. Pettis, David Moore, Dazz Newsome, or Tajae Sharpe could all make a good case to earn the fifth or even sixth spot.

As noted, the running back talent is better, and Pettis has the best tape of this group. All four wideouts will surely believe they are in the mix, though.

Offensive Line (10): Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom, Braxton Jones, Julien Davenport, Lucas Patrick, Cody Whitehair, Zach Thomas, Ja’Tyre Carter, Doug Kramer, Sam Mustipher

This is another position where you could see an extra spot go to a wide receiver. Still, Ryan Poles is committed to building the offensive line, and that means building through depth right now. All four of his draft picks are on the roster for now.

Fans want Mustipher to go, but he is starting at right guard according to all reports. Cody Whitehair and Lucas Patrick are locked in as starters, which just leaves the three tackles with the rookie Braxton Jones.

Because the Bears have seemingly shown no faith in Teven Jenkins, and because Larry Borom has moved from right to left guard, it seems like they may need extra depth at tackle. That is where Davenport comes in. Fans may not trust him, but he has made the roster of every team he has played for so far, and that may continue with him being added depth at tackle. When it comes down to Davenport providing a veteran at tackle, or someone like David Moore, it is Davenport who gets the nod.

Interior Defensive line (4): Justin Jones, Angelo Blackson, Khyiris Tonga, Mario Edwards

This is not the strongest group. Both Mike Pennel and Sam Kamara could be the depth that beefs things up. Still, Pennel is older and has injury questions. A summer injury saw him off of the Bears roster last year.

Kamara could end up on the practice squad, and what he has going against him is that he was a Ryan Pace UDFA. Three of these names are from the Pace era, making Justin Jones the only lock of the bunch.

Still, if Tonga can fend up off Pennel for nose tackle snaps, then Angelo Blackson and Mario Edwards can provide enough depth for now.