Chicago Bears: 3 major roster concerns heading into week one

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The Chicago Bears made some crazy moves involving their cornerback room.

The Chicago Bears front office decimated their cornerback room on cut day. The Bears released rookie sixth-round draft pick, Thomas Graham and they also released eight-year veteran, Desmond Trufant.

Graham was slated to be a possible part of the starting core, possibly working in the slot for the corners. The 5-foot-10 corner didn’t see much time in preseason games, even after having an interception against the Bills. He is, however, signed to the Bears practice squad, according to Brad Biggs.

Trufant has been away from the team since Aug. 13 to be with his family after his father passed away. Trufant allowed just under 70 percent of his targets to be completions last season, a bottom-tier statistic for a corner in the NFL.

While management has their reasons for releasing both the rookie and the veteran, they left the core without much help.

The team is left with four corners on the final roster, a number that is way too low with depth and talent concerns. Those four are Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor, Duke Shelley, Xavier Crawford, Artie Burns, and Marqui Christian.

Outside of Johnson, the corners left in the room are a major concern. We’ll see if a move is to come from the front office in the coming days to fulfill that need.