Chicago Bears Training Camp: Assessing the first unofficial depth chart

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Defensive Line

Defensive end: Akiem HicksBilal Nichols, Nick Williams

  • Nichols should be able to give Hicks a breather in the regular season. Obviously, Hicks is a beast on the field, but the Bears need to make sure that his energy is preserved throughout the season. That’s exactly why they drafted Nichols, who is a guy that will learn multiple positions up front and be more of a versatile piece for them.

Nose Tackle: Eddie Goldman, John Jenkins, Abdullah Anderson

  • Goldman has slimmed down to his playing weight from Florida State University, in hopes of garnering more pass rush. Jenkins has looked like one of the bigger guys on the field during camp and has played with a lot of tenacity thus far. He is solid and will be Goldman’s backup. Anderson will likely be someone who misses the final roster.

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Defensive end: Jonathan Bullard, Roy Robertson-Harris, Cavon Walker

  • I was a little surprised to see Bullard in front of Robertson-Harris. Bullard flashed last training camp and preseason, but he seemed to fade during the regular season. Robertson-Harris seemed to show more effort and better technique during the actual games themselves. Is history repeating itself or is Bullard’s massive talent finally ready to burst onto the scene?