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Alex Leatherwood, Chicago Bears
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2. Alex Leatherwood may have a strong path to the Chicago Bears roster

The Chicago Bears listing Alex Leatherwood as a guard may be good for him. He started his time with the Chicago Bears learning tackle, and honestly, he failed. He was benched after allowing four pressures in 10 snaps against the Eagles.

Still, the team is weaker along the interior. Leatherwood just had to beat out some UDFAs, and Dieter Eiselen to take the backup spot. This will help Leatherwood make the roster. When looking at the depth chart there are five starters, then Lucas Patrick, Larry Borom, and Ja'Tyre Carter are the primary backups at each spot.

That leaves eight lineman. The Bears may keep nine, and maybe, but probably not keep ten lineman. So, Leatherwood has to win that last spot. The most competent names to compete are Aviante Collins, Doug Kramer, and Eiselen. Eiselen is listed behind Leatherwood, Kramer is a center only, and Collins was just signed a few weeks ago.

The fact that Leatherwood can play tackle in a pinch, but now is committed to left guard may be what pushes him over the edge. He has versatiliy, experience, and talent that Eiselen, Collins, and Kramer cannot say that they possess. If there is a ninth lineman on the roster, it is Alex Leatherwood.