I know everyone is excited for the first preseason Bears game of the season. This Saturday the Bears take on the Bills in Buffalo, the game will broadcasted on NFL Network at 7 ET.
With that in mind the Bears released their first depth chart of the season.
Lets take a look at the offense:
QB: 1) Jay Cutler (DUH), 2) Caleb Hanie, 3) Brett Basanez
RB: 1) Matt Forte, 2) Kevin Jones, 3) Garrett Wolfe, 4) Adrian Peterson
FB: 1) Jason McKie, 2) Jason Davis*, 3) Will Ta’ufo’ou*
WR: 1) Devin Hester, 2) Rashied Davis, 3) Juaquin Iglesias, 4) Eric Peterman*
WR: 1) Earl Bennett, 2) Brandon Rideau, 3) Devin Aromashodu*, 4) Johnny Knox*
TE: 1) Greg Olsen, 2) Desmond Clark, 3) Kellen Davis, 4) Michael Gaines
LT: 1) Orlando Pace, 2) Lance Louis*
LG: 1) Josh Beekman, 2) Frank Omiyale, 3) Johan Asiasta*
C: 1) Olin Kreutz, 2) Donovan Raiola*
RG: 1) Roberto Garza, 2) Dan Buenning, 3) Tyler Reed*
RT: 1) Chris Williams, 2) Kevin Shaffer, 3) Cody Balogh*
35 players listed on offense
*- most likely won’t make the active roster, but might be put on the practice squad
Now lets check out the defense:
LDE: 1) Adewale Ogunleye/Mark Anderson, 3) Joe Clermond*, 4) Henry Melton
DT: 1) Tommie Harris, 2) Israel Idonije, 3) Jarron Gilbert, 4) Matt Toeaina
NT: 1) Anthony Adams/Dusty Dvoracek/Marcus Harrison
RDE: 1) Alex Brown/Mark Anderson, 3)Ervin Baldwin
SLB: 1) Pisa Tinoisamoa/Nick Roach/Jamar Williams, 4) Marcus Freeman
MLB: 1) Brian Urlacher, 2) Hunter Hillenmeyer, 3) Mike Rivera*
WLB: 1) Lance Briggs, 2) Jamar Williams, 3) Kevin Malast*
LCB: 1) Trumaine McBride/Corey Graham, 3) D.J. Moore, 4) Marcus Hamilton*
RCB: 1) Nathan Vasher, 2) Woodny Turenne, 3) Rudy Burgess*
SS: 1) Kevin Payne, 2) Al Afalava, 3) Dahna Deleston*
FS: 1) Danieal Manning, 2) Josh Bullocks, 3) Craig Steltz
35 players listed on defense, Charles Tillman is not listed above, but should be available by the end of preseason.
Here comes the special teams:
P: 1) Brad Maynard, 2) Richmond McGee*
K: 1) Robbie Gould, 2) Richmond McGee*
LS: 1) Pat Mannelly, 2) J.J. Milan*
Five players listed on special teams
The Bears have 76 players and the start the season with 53 on the active roster. That means they will have to cut 23 players from now until the season starts.
Personally, I like this depth chart. I like how Craig Steltz is no longer the safety is nickel situations, either Josh Bullocks or Al Afalava should take that role. I think their better suited for it. I’m surprised Johnny Knox is listed as a fourth string receiver, they are going to have tough decisions to make with the receiving core.