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Bears Notebook: First Unofficial Depth Chart Observations

The Chicago Bears released their first unofficial depth chart on Friday afternoon.

The Chicago Bears have now been in camp for a week. Given the occasion, the team released its first unofficial depth chart to the public on Friday afternoon. There isn’t much that we can take from these “unofficial” depth charts, especially since there haven’t been any games played yet.

Still, they do provide us with some information that could be useful going forward. Here I will break down the depth chart starting with the offense.

Offense 

Position 1st String 2nd String 3rd String Other
WR Allen Robinson II Kevin White Javon Wims Marlon Brown, Tanner Gentry, Demarcus Ayers
TE Trey Burton Dion Sims Adam Shaheen Ben Braunecker, Daniel Brown, Colin Thompson
RT Bobby Massie Rashaad Coward Brandon Greene
RG Kyle Long Earl Watford Will Pericak Dejon Allen
C Cody Whitehair Hroniss Grasu James Daniels Jack Allen
LG Eric Kush James Daniels Jordan Morgan
LT Charles Leno Jr. Bradley Sowell Matt McCants
QB Mitchell Trubisky Chase Daniel Tyler Bray
RB Jordan Howard Tarik Cohen Benny Cunningham Taquan Mizzell, Ryan Nall
WR Taylor Gabriel Anthony Miller Joshua Bellamy Bennie Fowler III, Garrett, Johnson, Malachi Jones
FB Michael Burton

Remember, last year when Mike Glennon was at the top of the quarterback depth chart? Dear lord. Anyway, there aren’t any real surprises here. There are a few things I did notice, however.

Eric Kush Over James Daniels 

When the regular season rolls around, I fully expect James Daniels to be ahead of Eric Kush at the left guard position. Daniels is a rookie, and it’s no surprise he’s still considered a second string player. On the flip side, he has more athleticism than Kush, and will eventually be a better overall player.

Daniels still has much experience to gain – like playing in his first NFL preseason game, but I just don’t see the Bears heading into Green Bay week one with Kush as the starting LG.

Javon Wims and Joshua Bellamy 

For the first time, in what feels like forever, the Bears have a strong competition at the wide receiver position. It was no surprise that the top four wideouts listed were Robinson, White, Gabriel, and Miller.

It was a bit of a surprise that Wims was ahead of Fowler though. Wims was the Bears seventh-round draft pick this past April. After seeing him in person last Saturday, I can confirm that he is way bigger in person than when you check his highlights on YouTube.

Fowler is a veteran, but it appears the Bears value Wims early on. As for Bellamy, I expect him to make the roster because of the value he provides on special teams. That means there are 6-7 players fighting for one spot right now.

Defense 

Position 1st String 2nd String 3rd String Other
DE Akiem Hicks Bilal Nichols Nick Williams
NT Eddie Goldman John Jenkins Abdullah Anderson
DE Jonathan Bullard Roy Robertson-Harris Cavon Walker
OLB Sam Acho Aaron Lynch Kylie Fitts Elijah Norris
ILB Danny Trevathan John Timu Jonathan Anderson Ro’Derrick Hoskins
ILB Nick Kwiatkoski Roquan Smith Joel Iyiegbuniwe Josh Woods
OLB Leonard Floyd Isaiah Irving Kasim Edebali Andrew Trumbetti
CB Kyle Fuller Marcus Cooper Sr. Doran Grant Michael Joseph, John Franklin III
S Eddie Jackson Deon Bush DeAndre Houston-Carson
S Adrian Amos Deiondre’ Hall Jonathon Mincy Nick Orr
CB Prince Amukamara Bryce Callahan Cre’Von LeBlanc Kevin Toliver, Sherrick McManis

Like the offense, there shouldn’t be many surprises here.

Fitts and Lynch

Both Fitts and Lynch have injuries they are battling right now. We know Lynch has a hamstring issue, while Fitts could have something a bit more serious. After seeing it on an actual chart, it’s even more obvious that the Bears lack rushers off the edge.

Special Teams 

Position 1st String 2nd String
P Pat O’Donnell Ryan Winslow
K Cody Parkey
LS Patrick Scales
H Pat O’Donnell
KR Benny Cunningham Tarik Cohen
PR Tarik Cohen Bryce Callahan

There seems to be somewhat of a competition in the punting game, but there isn’t much going on here. I would expect Miller and Gabriel to get more looks on both the kick and punt return units. That’s about it.

Follow Nick on Twitter: @TLS_Petrusevski–Feature Photo Credit: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

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Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He has run his own website, been featured on Bleacher Report, and tried to sell his soul on eBay (which he hasn’t gotten back). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

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