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.
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.
|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.
|Position||1st String||2nd String|
|P||Pat O’Donnell||Ryan Winslow|
|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.
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