Jul 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen (69) listens to coaches during training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Projects Chicago Bears Roster

With the releasing of the first Chicago Bears depth chart on Sunday, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago offered his latest roster projection for the Bears.

Quarterbacks: Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, and David Fales

Wright appears to be right on the mark with the projection of these three quarterbacks. Clausen has developed a rapport with Cutler and that is something that should work in the favor of the former Fighting Irish quarterback. The Bears continue to be high on Fales, though, the rookie quarterback still needs some time to develop.

Running Backs: Matt Forte, Ka’Deem Carey, Michael Ford, and Tony Fiammetta

Interesting that Wright does not give Shaun Draughn a spot on the Bears’ roster. With Fiammetta being the Bears’ starting full back, Draughn likely would be competing with Ford for a roster spot. Ford is a two-way player considering his ability to play on special teams and that could be why he makes the team over Draughn.

Wide Receivers: Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Josh Morgan, Eric Weems

No real surprise here. Wilson will be the Bears’ No. 3 wide receiver and Weems makes the team because of his abilities on special teams.

Tight Ends: Martellus Bennett, and Zach Miller

The Bears have been in constant need for a backup tight end and the search continues this summer. Dante Rosario is the early favorite but Miller and Matthew Mulligan could slide into the backup tight end spot behind Bennett.

Offensive Line: Roberto Garza, Kyle Long, Matt Slauson, Jermon Bushrod, Jordan Mills, Brian De La Puente, Eben Britton, Taylor Boggs, James Brown, Charles Leno Jr

The only change from Wright’s projection could be Michael Ola replacing Leno Jr.

Defensive Line: Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea, Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton, Nate Collins, Trevor Scott, and Austen Lane

Given the quality of defensive linemen that the Bears possess this summer, chances are that the team is going to release at least one talented defensive lineman.

Cornerbacks: Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Kyle Fuller, Kelvin Hayden, Sherrick McManis

The Bears have added depth at the corner position this season with Fuller at nickle and a returning Hayden; McManis continues to be a stellar special teams player for the Bears.

Safeties: Chris Conte, Brock Vereen, Ryan Mundy, and Adrian Wilson

Conte has yet to practice this summer for the Bears as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery though that should not prevent the safety from making the team’s roster. Danny McCray, who has been playing with the first team recently, is not listed on Wright’s projection.

Special Teams: Robbie Gould, Pat O’Donnell, Chad Rempel, and Chris Williams

Rempel replaces Pat Mannelly as the Bears’ long-snapper while Williams replaces Devin Hester as the Bears’ kick-returner. O’Donnell replaces Adam Podlesh as the Bears’ punter.

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