The Chicago Bears took a lot of steps to get Justin Fields weapons.
Five roster spots: Khalil Herbert, D’Onta Foreman, Roschon Johnson, Travis Homer, Khari Blasingame (fullback)
Herbert took a check down pass from Fields 56 yards for the offense’s second score of the game.
D’Onta Foreman did not get a ton of work, but since he had a great season last year with the Carolina Panthers, he is a lock to make the roster.
Rookie Roschon Johnson showed he can break tackles and had the longest gain of the day. Trestan Ebner and Travis Homer are battling it out for the final running back spot. Homer had the better day and is known for his special teams’ contributions.
Khari Blasingame caught Fields’ first pass and picked up a first down. Luke Getsy’s offense likes to use a fullback in certain situations and Blasingame is a veteran who plays that role well.
Six roster spots: D.J. Moore, Chase Claypool, Darnell Mooney, Equanimeous St. Brown, Tyler Scott, Isaiah Ford
D.J. Moore showed why Ryan Poles went out and traded for him when he took a poorly thrown screen pass from Fields and went for six. He is the weapon that Fields has been lacking during his first two seasons with the Chicago Bears.
Claypool has been having a good camp, but tweaked his hamstring during one of the final training camp practices before the first preseason game so he did not suit up. He also did not practice on Monday.
He has had a full offseason to work with Justin Fields to build chemistry, so hopefully he can become the big-bodied playmaking receiver Poles envisioned when he acquired Claypool at the last season’s trade deadline.
Mooney is working his back after a season-ending injury. The pressure is off him to be the No. 1 wide receiver now that D.J. Moore is on the team.
He can now be one of the best No. 3 wide receivers in the game. Having Moore, Claypool, and Mooney gives Fields the weapons he was lacking last season.
If the Chicago Bears are going to run more screens, they are going to need St. Brown’s blocking. That is why he makes the team.
Scott was selected in the fourth round to be that speedy downfield threat. He had a turnover at the end of the first half. He has struggled in camp with catching the ball. He still has a lot of talent and the chance to be a threat down the field, so he will make the team.
He might even have to be the returner on the team with his speed. Last year’s third-round pick Velus Jones Jr. had another fumble as the punt returner. Since Scott can do the same things as Velus and is younger, Jones Jr. is probably on the outside looking in.
Scott has had his struggling fielding punts. Dante Pettis has missed a lot of camp with an injury, but he could still make the team since he can catch a punt.
Isaiah Ford making the club is the first bold roster prediction being made. He is a prime candidate for the practice squad, but Ford can get downfield with his speed. He ran an outstanding route against the Titans for a big gain.
The team wants more speed and Ford can provide that along with better route running than Jones Jr.