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