Projecting the Bears 53 Man Roster

Projecting the Bears 53 Man Roster

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


Graphic by Pat Pryor

Written by: John Stocco

Twitter: @realJohnStocco


We’re inching closer to training camp, which means we’re inching closer to preseason, which means we’re inching closer to opening night where the Founding Fathers of the NFL kick off the 100th season of the NFL. Here is the 53 man roster that I believe will represent the Chicago Bears as they look to defend the NFC North and look to reach the heights this franchise hasn’t reached since 1985. The journey begins today, and Bears fans are more than ready to get this season started.


QB:

1, Mitch Trubisky

2, Chase Daniel

Overview: The Bears carried two quarterbacks on the roster for the most part last season, and I don’t see why that changes in 2019. Trubisky is the man, and Chase Daniel is the veteran backup.


RB:

1, David Montgomery

2, Tarik Cohen

3, Mike Davis

4, Kerrith Whyte


Overview: Matt Nagy is going to have something up his sleeve when it comes to all of these ball carriers on the roster. Montgomery, Cohen, and Mike Davis are going to be heavily involved in the running game as much as the passing game. Kerryth Whyte was one of the two 7th round picks for the Bears out of Florida Atlantic, and his speed and his cutting will give the Bears all the much-needed help on special teams.

WR:

1, Allen Robinson

2, Anthony Miller

3, Taylor Gabriel

4, Riley Ridley

5, Emmanuel Hall

6, Cordarrle Patterson

7, Marvin Hall


Overview: The Bears are not afraid to add endless amount of talent to their wide receiver room and they did exactly that in 2018 and 2019. Adding a pro bowl talent in Allen Robinson, a big game veteran in Taylor Gabriel, highly touted prospects in Anthony Miller and Riley Ridley, and now more special teams help with the acquisitions of Patterson and Marvin Hall. Size, speed, hands, this core checks all the boxes.


TE:

1, Trey Burton

2, Adam Shaheen

3, Dax Raymond

4, Ben Braunecker


Overview: This tight end group at the top is pretty cut and dry. Burton is the leader and he’s someone that can do many different things. He’s a factor in the short and deep passing game, and he’s also the man Nagy looks too when the coach is stirring up a trick play. The story coming into 2019 regarding the tight ends will be all about Adam Shaheen. It’s time we start seeing a major improvement in his game and live up to the Baby Gronk nickname. Or else the rookie out of Utah State will be there to take his spot.

OT:

1, Charles Leno

2, Bobbie Massie

3, Bradley Sowell

4, Rashaad Coward


Overview: No surprise seeing Massie back with the Bears. He’s durable, and that’s one of the most important traits to have as an offensive lineman. Bradley Sowell got moved to tight end. I swear I’m not kidding. I don’t see a spot for him as a tight end on this roster, but his veteranship and versatility are too valuable to the Bears and I see them putting Sowell back to tackle.


OG:

1, Cody Whitehair

2, Kyle Long

3, Ted Larsen

4, Alex Bars


Overview: In a somewhat shocking move the Bears moved Cody Whitehair to guard over the offseason, and added Ted Larsen in free agency. Depth is key for interior linemen because of the injury concerns that have shown with Kyle Long. It’s why I found a spot for the undrafted free agent out, Alex Bars. The former Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Heistand gets a project and that is to develop a fellow Notre Dame alum.


C:

1, James Daniels


Overview: James Daniels gets moved to the original position he played in at Iowa. Daniels gets moved to center because it’s where he’s most comfortable. Harry Heistand said during OTA’s “James is a natural center.”


DE:

1, Akiem Hicks

2. Roy Roberston-Harris

3, Matheiu Betts


Overview: If trading for Khalil Mack is Ryan Pace’s best move when it’s all said and done, his second best move was signing Akiem Hicks. Hicks is not only one of the best defensive ends in football, but the guy is also a leader off the field, and an enforcer on the field always ready to stuff the run. One name to really watch, Matheiu Betts. At the Bears 100 celebration, Chuck Pagano was asked which UDFA has impressed him the most. “Matheiu Betts” Pagano answered with conviction. Betts is looking to be the next gem found in Canada for the Bears, and he will be looked at very closely once training camp starts up. RR Harris, along with Nichols and Betts will be in a fierce competition for that starting defensive end spot on the opposite side of Hicks.


NT:

1, Eddie Goldman

2, Bilial Nichols


Overview: Nose tackle is the most underrated group on the Chicago Bears defense, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When you have Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, Leonard Floyd, and Eddie Jackson on your defense it’s understandably so that there’s going to be a good player or two that doesn’t get the hype he deserves. Goldman stuffs the middle of the line of scrimmage, and he’s there to hold up running backs or there to clean up the tackle. As Akiem Hicks said last year, “he’s the unsung hero.” Nichols is another player that wouldn’t shock me if he won the starting battle at defensive end. Nichols has the strength to do what Eddie Goldman in the trenches, and he has the speed of a defensive end to put pressure on the quarterback. In a platoon role, Nichols registered 20 solo tackles, 5 of them for loss, 7 QB pressures, and 2 forced fumbles.


Edge:

1, Khalil Mack

2, Leonard Floyd

3, Aaron Lynch


Overview: It’s a big year for Leonard Floyd. On a contract year, he’s playing for the biggest payday of his life and the biggest payday of his career. When healthy Floyd is a force to be reckoned with for offensive tackles with his length and his speed. Coming into OTA’s and minicamp, Leonard Floyd is looking bigger, faster, stronger, and more determined.


ILB:

1, Roquan Smith

2, Danny Trevathan

3, Nick Kwiatkowski

4, Joel Iyiegbuniwie

5, Kevin Pierre-Louis


Overview: The Bears linebacker group is as steady as they come. Trevathan has been an excellent commander of the field, and Roquan Smith led the Bears in tackles with 89, while missing all of training camp and preseason. He’s proving that he is ready to live up to the hype.


CB:

1, Kyle Fuller

2, Prince Amukamara

3, Buster Skrine

4, Kevin Tolliver

5, Duke Shelley

6, Stephen Denmark

7, Sherrick McManus


Overview: The Bears lost Bryce Callahan to Denver in the offseason, and they replaced him with the durable Buster Skrine, and Duke Shelley out of Kansas State who was selected in the 6th round. Fuller proved that he wasn’t just a one-hit wonder, another year of development for Kevin Tolliver, and a player that I cannot wait to see and that is Stephen Denmark. Denmark, the 6’4, 215, corner, is someone who can make a name for himself in training camp.


S:

1, Eddie Jackson

2, HaHa Clinton-Dix

3, Deion Bush

4, DeAndre Houson-Carson


Overview: HaHa Clinton-Dix is going to have all eyes on him during the season. The debate all offseason has been, “Clinton-Dix vs. Amos, did the Bears get better?” Clinton-Dix has 14 career interceptions, Amos has 3. One thing is for sure, the Bears secondary is an absolute nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.


K/P/LS:

1, Eddy Pineiro

2, Pat O’Donnell

3, Patrick Scales


Overview: For Bears fans, this is what it’s all about. We believe in this team. We believe this team can win a Super Bowl. The one position that is holding us back is the kicker position. It’s a tough pill to swallow. The Bears have to find their guy by the end of the preseason.


Notable Cuts:

1, Taquan Mizzell (RB/WR)

2, Jonathan Bullard (DE)


Practice Squad:

1, Tyler Bray (QB)

2, Ryan Nall (RB)

3, Javon Wims (WR)

4, Ian Bunting (TE)

5, Marquez Tucker (OL)

6, Josh Woods (LB)

7, Isaiah Irving (Edge)

8, Kylie Fitts (Edge)

9, Clifton Duck (CB)

10, Michael Joseph (CB)

11, John Franklin (DB)


Breakout Player: David Montgomery (RB)

Comeback Player: Trey Burton (TE)

Rising Star: Bilal Nichols (DE)

Player to not Forget About: Cordarrelle Patterson (WR/RB/KR)

Player in the Hot Seat: Adam Shaheen (TE)

Under the Radar: Duke Shelley (CB)

Dark Horse MVP: Mitch Trubisky (QB)

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