Ahead of their first game of the preseason this Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, the Chicago Bears released an updated version of their unofficial depth chart.
Unlike in past seasons, there really are not a ton of position battles to monitor for the Bears during training camp.
What the Bears plan to do at the running back position likely will be a point of emphasis during the preseason. The Bears wanted to re-sign running back David Montgomery this past off-season but Montgomery opted to sign a deal for more guaranteed money with the Detroit Lions.
The Chicago Bears’ latest unofficial depth chart hints at the current starters at each position.
The Bears’ interest in bringing back Montgomery may speak to their belief that Khalil Hebert may not be an every-down running back in their system. Herbert has struggled in pass protecting during his first few seasons in the NFL and that may be the reason why D’Onta Foreman takes over as the primary running back for the Bears before too long.
Former University of Texas running back Roschon Johnson has had a slow start to training camp with the Bears while dealing with an injury but there is a belief that he may be the dark horse in the Bears’ backfield.
Sticking on the offensive side of the ball, Darnell Mooney gets the nod as the second starting wide receiver on the outside with Chase Claypool serving as the slot receiver. D.J. Moore is going to be a difference maker for the Bears’ wide receiving core and that should create opportunities for both Mooney and Claypool.
There are no real surprises along both the offensive and defensive lines as each unit was set heading into training camp. The Bears are likely hopeful that rookies Zacch Pickens and Gervon Dexter Sr can push the veterans ahead of them for the starting spots.
Jack Sanborn still gets first reps as the team’s starting strongside linebacker. There was a sense that Sanborn may get bumped from his starting spot in favor of Noah Sewell but the team still remains high on the University of Wisconsin product.