The countdown until the Chicago Bears take the field again is on. Until then, we are counting down the Chicago Bears roster looking at all 90 players. This will handicap which players have the best chance to make the roster and which players can impact games the most.
Today, we are into the top 80, with Josh Lugg at 79.
Chicago Bears 2023 Roster Ranking: No. 79 Josh Lugg
Josh Lugg is a rookie UDFA from Notre Dame. He spent five years with the Irish, but he redshirted his first year. The Chicago Bears have to like Lugg because of his versatility. He started at right tackle in 2019, then took starting snaps at center in 2020. They moved him back to right tackle in 2021 and then moved to right guard for the 2022 season.
Overall, he has 48 snaps at left tackle, 16 at left guard, 133 at center, 1,002 at right guard, and then 1,295 at right tackle. In most scenarios with the Chicago Bears, he will be competing at guard, but you have to like the fact that he could slot in anywhere if needed.
The issue is that the Bears signed Nate Davis and have Teven Jenkins as the most trusted returning lineman. As for depth, they may want to keep Dieter Eiselen and Lucas Patrick because they can both play guard and center. Lugg could compete with both, but he clearly enters the year behind Eiselen.
Even Ja'Tyre Carter was a 7th-round pick last year and made the roster. The thought is that he will get better, and it would be even more challenging for Lugg to make the roster.
The Chicago Bears have had experience with UDFAs and specifically UDFAs from Notre Dame. That, plus his experience wearing many hats, will keep him in the mix. However, he will run up and down the line with the third team at every spot.
A best-case scenario is that he locks into one spot during the preseason, then spends the year on the practice squad, improving his play and making a run at the 2024 roster.