Projecting the Chicago Bears 53-man roster before preseason game 2

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The Chicago Bears need more from their offense in general in 2023.

3 roster spots: Cole Kmet, Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis

Kmet got a contract extension before training camp started after he caught 50 passes and seven touchdowns last season. Tonyan was signed to a one-year deal to give Fields another pass-catching option.

Lewis was signed during training camp. The 17-year veteran is back in the NFL to help another team’s blocking scheme. Lewis is still one of the best blocking tight ends in the game. He can hold up against most edge rushers. That allows the left or right tackle to help the guards.

Also, he can provide a nice assist to rookie Darnell Wright and second-year player Braxton Jones.

Stephen Carlson could also make the team, but he might be a better practice squad candidate.

9 roster spots: Braxton Jones, Teven Jenkins, Cody Whitehair, Nate Davis, Darnell Wright, Larry Borom, Ja’Tyre Carter, Alex Leatherwood, Doug Kramer.

The line had a solid game, especially blocking on Moore’s and Herbert’s runs to the endzone (although both could have been flagged for illegal man downfield). Nate Davis has barely practiced with an undisclosed injury.

Although, he is notorious for not liking practice, so maybe he is being a veteran overplaying some soreness.

Ja’Tyre Carter had a good game with Davis and Lucas Patrick out of the lineup. Last year’s seventh-round pick showed some starter potential. If he keeps this up, he might deem Patrick expendable.

Doug Kramer saw his first action since missing all last season with a foot injury. He also looked solid enough to push Patrick off the roster. Plus, the Chicago Bears can save $1.48 million in cap space if they cut Patrick.

Wright played well in his first unofficial NFL game. He was pancaking defensive lineman all over the place. It was nice to see the offensive line play well after last season’s weekly brutal showings.

If the offensive line can even be average, the Chicago Bears offense has a chance to put up a lot of points.

Larry Borom makes the team as the swing tackle. Since training camp has seen Davis and Teven Jenkins miss some time, Alex Leatherwood’s struggling NFL career continues as a depth piece.