5 Chicago Bears firmly on the roster bubble

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The Chicago Bears preseason finale inspired plenty of confidence in the starting offense. Still, the preseason is most important for teams winning roster spots and starting jobs. While we have been making 53-man roster projections throughout the summer there will be final decisions made in the ensuing 72 hours.

Who are five players that have been on the 53-man roster projection before, but could still end up off of the team when things are said and done?

5. Chase Allen

Chase Allen is a UDFA from Iowa State. He has been creeping up the roster and has gotten closer to the 53-man, but nothing in the preseason solidified whether he will or will not make it.

In terms of the numbers game, he is behind Cole Kmet, Ryan Griffin, and James O’Shaugnessy. The presence of Khari Blassingame as a fullback certainly is not helping his case either.

Still, the team could keep a fourth tight end if they wanted to, and beyond that, you could make a case that Allen is more valuable moving forward than O’Shaugnessy. Allen has been better than the veteran in the preseason and the team could afford to lose him

If Allen is just the fourth tight end, the debate gets more of a debate across the entire roster. The 52nd and 53rd spots are typically special teams players and it does not matter what position they designate as.

With that said, what Allen has shown on offense helps less, and he may not be making the roster with other players doing more in that area. He will be an interesting call as things get set soon.