Chicago Bears: Players fighting for their future at rookie minicamp

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Making an NFL roster is not an easy thing to do for the majority of collegiate players, but a few in particular are about to try to kickstart that process over the weekend with the Chicago Bears.

General manager Ryan Pace went to work over the 2021 NFL Draft, kissing the easy route goodbye. Pace was as aggressive as ever, landing his franchise quarterback Justin Fields along with the team’s big offensive tackle of the future in Teven Jenkins.

Beyond those two, Pace continued to work wonders later in the draft. But, he also made some excellent moves immediately following the conclusion of the draft. The Bears brought in several undrafted free agents, including a couple of guys who very well could have been drafted.

All rookies alike will now head to rookie minicamp this weekend from Friday May 14 through Sunday May 16. This is their first chance to make an impression before the rest of the team joins the activities.

The Chicago Bears’ young crop of talent includes some players who will fight for their professional futures.

As stated, it’s not easy to make an NFL roster in general. But, if you’re one of those late-round prospects or undrafted kids, the road becomes a bit more interesting. Some of these guys could be on the fringe from the beginning of the offseason, all the way to the end.

This weekend is not only a chance for those lesser-known guys to make a name for themselves, but for the drafted rookies to establish themselves as worthy selections. No matter the round, every rookie should come in with a chip on their shoulder.

This is where the hard work gets even harder. These guys have entered the big stage, and rookie minicamp begins an even more improbable battle for some of them.