A review of the controversies regarding the Chicago Bears 53-man roster

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Chicago Bears Roster: Bears defensive talk

We covered the Chicago Bears wide receivers (on the previous page), offensive line, tight ends, running back, and quarterbacks. The defensive tackle, cornerback, and edge positions are self-explanatory, but I can briefly go into some players. Again, Try to think of the edge guys as two different positions. They have a Reggie White (I wish) type of position (strong side). And the Bears have a weak side speed rusher position. Demarcus Walker and Rasheem Green are on the strong side, while Yannick Ngakoue and Dominique Robinson are on the weak side.

They do two very different things when rushing the quarterback and containing the edge. Sure, there are similar duties, but they are designed to be different for a reason. The edge rushers were upgraded from last year but still aren't a strength. I believe Tom Thayer mentioned it on his podcast with Jeff Joniak. The Chicago Bears want to run the ball, stop the run, and create turnovers. The Bears had 14 interceptions on 20 sacks. That was with the NFL's worst pass rush, two defensive back rookies, and Kindle Vildor as CB#2. Think about that for a minute.

At safety, the Bears have one new addition in Quindell Johnson. They had AJ Thomas (waived), so they must feel confident in their health at safety, only having four on the roster. With Eddie Jackson and Jaquon Brisker holding the starting roles, the Bears only need real serviceable depth at one position. If both safeties couldn't play, the Bears would already be hurting almost as much as if Justin Fields went down. Some positions require a special kind of replacement.