Chicago Bears 53-Man Roster Projection: Post-training camp edition

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Defensive Line

Along with the outside linebacker position, the defensive line is going to have to come up big this season. Particularly, the defensive end position is one fans have been watching closely throughout the offseason.

Starters: Jonathan Bullard, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks

The obvious stud here is Hicks, who looks to build on a breakout season in 2017 by attempting to catch the attention of the national media. There are very few defensive ends who can get in the way of a quarterback like Hicks can, but for some reason he’s gone overlooked by many. This season, I anticipate he wakes everybody up.

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Goldman has been locked and loaded as the starting nose tackle, so this should come as no surprise. Bullard, however, has been getting the nod at the other end position thus far and, unless something drastically changes in the coming weeks, he will likely wind up the starter come Week 1.

Others: Bilal Nichols, Roy Robertson-Harris, John Jenkins

Robertson-Harris should hopefully see the field quite a bit come the regular season, as well. I would hope that Vic Fangio uses a nice, healthy rotation across the line to keep these guys fresh. All of them have shown flashes of real solid play this summer. Jenkins, specifically, has looked even bigger and stronger, especially in individual drills.