For all the Bears fans out there, I have to break it to you again: We will suck again. Though we may be a better team than people realize because of stout defensive depth and a great running game. Here are my predictions for the Bears full 53 man roster, with name orders for the depth chart.
NOTE: This is 58 players, but the final roster will end up having likely 53 of these 58 players. Without counting any signings due to surprise cuts like how they signed Josh Sitton last year.
1. Mike Glennon
2. Mitchell Trubisky
3. Connor Shaw
Cut(s): Mark Sanchez
1. Jordan Howard
2. Tarik Cohen
3. Jeremy Langford
4. Ka'Deem Carey
Practice Squad: Freddie Stevenson
Cut(s): Benny Cunningham, Joel Bouagnon, Michael Burton
1. Cameron Meredith
2. Kevin White
3. Markus Wheaton
4. Kendall Wright
5. Victor Cruz
6. Reuben Randle
7. Josh Bellamy
8. Deonte Thompson (KR)
Practice Squad: Daniel Braverman, Tanner Gentry
Cut(s): Titus Davis
1. Zach Miller
2. Dion Sims
3. Adam Shaheen
Practice Squad: Ben Braunecker, Daniel Brown
Cut(s): MyCole Pruitt
OT: Charles Leno Jr.(LT), Bobby Massie (RT), Tom Compton
Practice Squad: William Poehls
Cut(s): Bradley Sowell, Dieugot Joseph
OG: Josh Sitton (LG), Kyle Long (RG), Eric Kush, Jordan Morgan
Cut(s): Cyril Richardson, Mitchell Kirsch
C: Cody Whitehair, Hroniss Grasu
Cut(s): Taylor Boggs
3-4 DE: Akiem Hicks (LDE), Jaye Howard (RDE), Jonathan Bullard, Mitch Unrein, Roy-Robertson Harris
Practice Squad: Kapron Lewis-Moore
Cut(s): John Jenkins
NT: Eddie Goldman, CJ Wilson
Cut(s): Rashaad Coward
3-4 OLB: Pernell Mcphee (LOLB), Leonard Floyd (ROLB), Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, Sam Acho
Cut(s): Dan Skuta, Isaiah Irving, Alex Scearce, Hendrick Ekpe
ILB: Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski, Christian Jones
Practice Squad: Jonathan Anderson, John Timu
CB: Prince Amukamara (LCB), Marcus Cooper (RCB), Bryce Callahan (NB), Cre'von Leblanc, Kyle Fuller, Sherrick McManis
Practice Squad: Jonathan Banks
Cut(s): Rashaad Reynolds, BW Webb
FS: Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, Deiondre' Hall
Practice Squad: DeAndre Houston-Carson
SS: Quentin Demps, Harold Jones-Quartey, Deon Bush
Cut(s): Chris Prosinski
K: Andy Phillips
Cut(S): Connor Barth
P: Patrick O'Donnell
LS: Patrick Scales
QB: Glennon will likely start the year, but in November, expect Trubisky to start playing. I can't imagine Mark Sanchez on a roster again, and Connor Shaw played very well in preseason last year.
RB: Jordan Howard has assured a roster spot after his rookie year, and Tarik Cohen projects as the Bears change of pace back. Any 2 of Cunningham, Langford, and Carey could make the roster, but the latter 2 make it here because they've been with the Bears for years.
FB: After the Bears released FB Paul Lasike, it's hard to see a FB on the active roster, so Freddie Stevenson and Michael Burton don't make it.
WR: The Bears are definitely going to have Meredith, White, Wheaton, Wright, and Cruz on the team in the fall. The team loved Randle, enough to sign him immediately following the season, and Bellamy and Thompson showed lots of flashes last year, plus the latter is the KR and PR. Don't be surprised if only 7 WR's are on the roster in September or if Tanner Gentry or Daniel Braverman are on the roster. With Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall (from 2 years), Eddie Royal, and Marquese Wilson (unsigned as of this writing) gone, the WR corps will look super different.
TE: The 3 tight ends have likely already gotten their roster spots. Zach Miller is the undisputed, injury prone No. 1. It'll be interesting ton see who the immediate backup is, Adam Shaheen or Dion Sims
OT: Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie will likely start, and the swing tackle and backup position is up for grabs between Tom Compton and Bradley Sowell. Gut feeling says Compton wins.
OG: Josh Sitton and Kyle Long are the best guard duo in the league as part of the best interior O-Line, and they are backed up by Eric Kush, a versatile OL who started some games last year and was locked up before FA. Jordan Morgan was one of just 5 draft picks this year, and has a ton of upside. Pace was lucky when he cut Matt Slauson and got Sitton.
C: Cody Whitehair returns to start again after a great rookie year, and Hroniss Grasu will go back to his role as the backup center. Don't be surprised if Grasu is potentially traded.
3-4 DE: Akiem Hicks needs to get an extension ASAP after a great year. Howard likely starts to plug the hole opposite Hicks, and Bullard, a 3rd round pick last year, and Unrein started last year. Roy Robertson-Harris was a highly sought after UDFA last year but missed the season. John Jenkins likely isn't good enough for the final roster.
NT: Eddie Goldman is the top dog, and there's not much competition for his backup, CJ Wilson.
3-4 OLB: Pernell Mcphee, Leonard Floyd, and Willie Young are assured roster spots. Sam Acho is a good special teams player, and Houston has transitioned well from a 4-3 DE, as well as Young, but was injured after 2 games last year. Don't be surprised if he s shopped. Dan Skuta isn't better than these 5 players.
ILB: Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman are assured roster spots, though Trevathan could start the year on the PUP, so Nick Kiwatkoski may start for him. Any one of Jones, Anderson, or Timu can make the roster, and it wouldn't be a surprise if all of them played this year.
CB: With Tracy Porter gone, Amukamara and Cooper were the signings to shore up the secondary this year. Callahan and Leblanc will battle for the Nickelback role after each had solid showings last season. McManis is a great special teamer, and Kyle Fuller only gets a spot because he was a 1st round pick when the team had Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings and played solidly.
FS: With 6 of 8 safeties are PS eligible, which is good. Amos has started the last 2 years, and while he definitely struggled at times last year, PFF gave him a high grade, he ranked 26/90 and he seems to be the likely starter week 1. Eddie Jackson was a great ballhawk with Alabama, and they suffered when he got injured. Hall is trying a move to safety, though don't be surprised if he plays all 3 of CB, FS, and SS. DeAndre Houston-Carson is a great special teamer who blocked 9 (9!) filed goals and punts in college, so they'll try to retian him on the practice squad.
SS: Quentin Demps was signed as the veteran safety just like Ryan Mundy and Antrel Rolle, who both flopped. But Demps had 6 picks last year, so he can't fail us. Harold Jones-Quartey and Deon Bush both struggled last year, but Jones-Quartey had a decent 1st year, and Bush was just a rookie, so there is reason for them to bounce back.
K: Anybody is better than Connor Barth, and so is Andy Phillips (except Blair Walsh).
There ya have it folks. That's what the Bears roster will look like. Too bad they'll likely still suck, which sucks in of itself. Still, it can't get much worse than all the injuries last year, right? RIGHT?!!?!?!