Projecting the Bears’ depth chart ahead of preseason finale vs. Browns

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The Chicago Bears are preparing for their final preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, where a handful of players will be competing for starting jobs or roster spots.

With the final round of roster cuts looming next Tuesday, this is the last chance for many roster bubble players to make an impression and push for a roster spot.

While the Bears haven’t released an updated depth chart ahead of the preseason finale, we’re taking a crack at projecting what that depth chart looks like heading into Saturday’s game.

Quarterback

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

QB

Justin Fields

Trevor Siemian

Nathan Peterman

Unlike last summer, there’s really no questions or drama with the quarterbacks. There’s no debating that Justin Fields is QB1 heading into this season, and Trevor Siemian will serve as his backup. Nathan Peterman won’t be on the roster come Week 1, but he’ll likely be on the practice squad.

Running back

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

RB

David Montgomery

Khalil Herbert

Trestan Ebner

Darrynton Evans, De’Montre Tuggle

FB

Khari Blasingame

Jake Tonges

Running back is the strength of this Bears offense. David Montgomery returns as the lead back with rising star Khalil Herbert set to see an expanded role in Luke Getsy’s offense. Trestan Ebner has locked down that third spot ahead of Darrynton Evans. Khari Blasingame is the top fullback with Jake Tonges backing him up.

Wide receiver

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

WR

Darnell Mooney

Velus Jones Jr.

N’Keal Harry*

Dante Pettis, Nsimba Webster,  Kevin Shaa

WR

Equanimeous St. Brown

Byron Pringle

Tajae Sharpe

Isaiah Coulter, Chris Finke

*Harry projected to land on injured reserve to start regular season

It’s safe to say that the receiver room is wide open behind Darnell Mooney. Mooney is the top option, and there are certainly some jobs up for grabs. Fields has shown connections with newcomers Byron Pringle, Velus Jones Jr., Equanimeous St. Brown, N’Keal Harry and Tajae Sharpe.

Tight end

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

TE

Cole Kmet

Ryan Griffin

James O’Shaughnessy

Chase Allen

There aren’t a lot of questions at the tight end position, where Cole Kmet is the top guy heading into the season. He continues to build his connection with Fields, and he’s been his top target behind Mooney. Veterans Ryan Griffin and James O’Shaughnessy are the top options behind Kmet.

Offensive line

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

LT

Braxton Jones

Shon Coleman

LG

Cody Whitehair

Ja’Tyre Carter

Zachary Thomas

Lachavious Simmons

C

Lucas Patrick

Sam Mustipher

Corey Dublin

RG

Teven Jenkins

Michael Schofield

Dieter Eiselen

RT

Larry Borom

Riley Reiff

Jean Delance

The offensive line has undergone plenty of changes this summer. But right now, it appears that this is the current starting combination: LT Braxton Jones, LG Cody Whitehair, C Lucas Patrick, RG Teven Jenkins and RT Larry Borom. While Sam Mustipher has been starting at center, that’ll change when Patrick returns.

Defensive line

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

DE

Robert Quinn

Al-Quadin Muhammad

Dominique Robinson

Sam Kamara

DT

Justin Jones

Khyiris Tonga

Mike Pennel

DT

Angelo Blackson

Trevon Coley

Micah Dew-Treadway

DE

Trevis Gipson

Mario Edwards

Charles Snowden

The defensive line doesn’t come as too much of a surprise with Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson and Al Quadin-Muhammad leading the way at defensive end. No surprise with Justin Jones at the 3-technique position, and Angelo Blackson has a slight lead at the nose tackle spot.

Linebacker

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

LB

Roquan Smith

Matt Adams

LB

Nicholas Morrow

Jack Sanborn

DeMarquis Gates

LB

Joe Thomas

Caleb Johnson

Roquan Smith and Nicholas Morrow are locks at weak-side and middle linebacker, but the strong side is coming down to Matt Adams and Joe Thomas. Thomas got the first look at SAM with Adams filling in for Smith during his absence. Although, Adams can play any of the linebacker spots in this 4-3 scheme.

Cornerback

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

CB

Jaylon Johnson

Tavon Young

Duke Shelley

Thomas Graham Jr., Jaylon Jones

CB

Kyler Gordon

Kindle Vildor

Lamar Jackson

Greg Stroman Jr.,

Rookie Kyler Gordon appears to be the X-factor in the cornerback room. Gordon has been getting looks both outside and in the slot during the first seven practices. There have been different starting combinations depending on where Gordon is lining up. It starts with Jaylon Johnson and Gordon on the outside with Tavon Young at nickel, but it’s been Kindle Vildor getting a look on the outside with Johnson when Gordon is in the slot. There’s even been a grouping with Johnson and Gordon outside and Vildor at nickel cornerback.

Safety

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

S

Eddie Jackson

DeAndre Houston-Carson

Elijah Hicks

A.J. Thomas

S

Jaquan Brisker

Dane Cruikshank

Davontae Harris

Jon Alexander

For all intents and purposes, the Bears are set at safety. Eddie Jackson will start at free safety with Jaquan Brisker manning strong safety. Brisker continues to make a strong impression in camp, where both he and Jackson have notched interceptions. DeAndre Houston-Carson, Dane Cruikshank and Elijah Hicks are the top reserves, and they’ll also serve as special teams contributors.

Special teams

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Position

1st string

2nd string

3rd string

Other

K

Cairo Santos

P

Trenton Gill

LS

Patrick Scales

H

Trenton Gill

Trevor Siemian

KR

Khalil Herbert

Velus Jones Jr.

Trestan Ebner

PR

Velus Jones Jr.

Dante Pettis

Nsimba Webster

The Bears special teams will look different for the first time in a few years following the departure of Pat O’Donnell. Rookie Trenton Gill takes over the starting duties at punter while Cairo Santos and Patrick Scales are back at kicker and long snapper, respectively. Velus Jones Jr. has shown his potential at both kick returner and punt returner, and he could get looks at both.

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