The Chicago Bears are hoping to have a very exciting offense in 2023.
5 roster spots: Khalil Herbert, D’Onta Foreman, Roschon Johnson, Travis Homer, Khari Blasingame (fullback)
There has been some speculation Foreman might get cut so there would be more carries for Roschon Johnson.
Foreman runs too hard and too angry to cut.
Otherwise, the running back roster battles were wrapped up once Trestan Ebner got hurt in training camp.
6 roster spots: D.J. Moore, Chase Claypool, Darnell Mooney, Tyler Scott, Equanimeous St. Brown, Velus Jones Jr.
2 practice squad spots: Daurince Fountain, Nsimba Webster
Fountain did not exactly stand out against the Bills like he did in the first two preseason games and that is why he will not knock Velus Jones Jr. off the roster.
Rookie Tyler Scott had an adventure fielding punts but he did catch them and broke a big kick return.
It would make sense for Velus to return kicks and Scott return punts especially since Dante Pettis is on injured reserve.
It would not be shocking to see Ryan Poles claim a receiver off of waivers with punt-returning ability. If that is the case, then Jones Jr.’s roster spot is in jeopardy.
Nsimba Webster seems to have a permanent spot on the Chicago Bears practice squad.
3 roster spots: Cole Kmet, Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis
1 practice squad spot: Stephen Carlson
Not much to say about the tight end spot as this was decided about halfway through camp.
8 roster spots: Braxton Jones, Cody Whitehair (will eventually move back to center), Lucas Patrick, Nate Davis, Darnell Wright, Larry Borom, Teven Jenkins (will go back to starting at left guard once healthy), Ja’Tyre Carter
3 practice squad spots: Doug Kramer, Dieter Eiselen, Kellen Diesch
The offensive line got banged up in the preseason. Teven Jenkins will miss the beginning of the season with a leg injury. Backup center/guard Lucas Patrick and starting guard Nate Davis did not play in the preseason because of injuries. Cody Whitehair also got dinged up in camp.
Second-year center Doug Kramer left the game with a hand injury. He departed the locker room with a wrap on his hand.
Tyson Bagent’s ascent from possible practice squad player to on the roster means the Chicago Bears will probably carry nine linemen on the active roster. That means Kramer probably gets waived with the chance to make the practice squad.
If the hand injury is severe enough, he could be placed on injured reserve.
Eberflus seems intent on going with Whitehair at left guard while Jenkins heals. A better alternative would be to start Ja’Tyre Carter who has had a good camp at left guard and have Whitehair at center.
Although, Whitehair’s hand injury might be the reason Cody has to play left guard. Hopefully, the line can get healthy in time for the first game of the regular season which is in two weeks.
Alex Leatherwood is reportedly getting cut, so it would not be a shocker to see them add a player through waivers.