Thankfully, the second game of the preseason is in the books. Friday night’s Chicago Bears-New York Giants game was one of the most uneventful preseason games I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s safe to say we’re all ready for regular season football to begin.
Last night we had just about everything, including fans freaking out about backup quarterback Chase Daniel. Yes, you read that correctly.
The roster on opening night is going to look a lot different than the one losing preseason games in August. It surprises me every year how many people forget that. With that being said, below I have my second 53-man roster projection. It’s going to be a lot different than the one I posted last week.
Let’s get into it.
Petro’s 53-Man Roster Prediction
Kicker: Joey Slye (somehow acquired from Carolina Panthers)
Punter: Pat O’Donnell
Long Snapper: Patrick Scales
Notable Practice Squad Players
-Both Jon Franklin III and Clifton Duck have proved a lot this preseason. They are just too inconsistent right now for me to have them on the final 53-man roster. Both players are very raw, who have to do a better job of learning the position. For me, they do have enough upside to stash on the practice squad in 2019.
-Outside of Bradley Sowell making a few mistakes last night, the tight ends were non-existent against the Giants. That’s not good news for players like Ian Bunting and Max Raymond. For now, I have both Raymond and Sowell making the final roster. Let’s just say a lot can change after next week’s game against the Colts.
-Marvin Hall is making the roster. His speed and experience are valuable for the young receivers the Bears have. Keep in mind injuries do happen in the NFL as well, so there’s no downside to keeping seven WRs on the roster. Hall has been WIDE open on two occasions this preseason and he was overthrown both times.
–Rashaad Coward hurt his elbow against the Giants, but hopefully its nothing serious. He provides some much-needed depth behind the starting offensive line.
-Both Javon Wims and Riley Ridley showed off their skills against the Giants. Wims could end up being the Bears’ best WR after Allen Robinson. The way he uses his body in traffic is very impressive. Ridley looked solid running routes, he just needs a QB to get him the ball. We’ll see more of him next week.
Nick is the editor-in-chief at TheLoopSports.com. He is also a Chicago Sports fanatic, avid sports bettor, fantasy sports nut, and totally didn’t try to sell his soul on eBay (which he’s still waiting to get back by the way). For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS.