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Chicago Bears projected offensive depth chart after 2020 NFL draft

Position Starters 2nd string 3rd string Depth Depth
Position Starters 2nd string 3rd string Depth Depth
QB Mitchell Trubisky Nick Foles Tyler Bray
RB David Montgomery Tarik Cohen Ryan Nall Artavis Pierce (R) Napoleon Maxwell (R)
X WR Allen Robinson Javon Wims Thomas Ives Ahmad Wagner (R)
Z WR Riley Ridley Darnell Mooney (R) Reggie Davis Alex Wesley
Y WR (slot) Anthony Miller Cordarrelle Patterson
U TE Jimmy Graham Ben Braunecker Jesper Horsted Eric Saubert Darion Clark
Y TE Cole Kmet (R) Demetrius Harris Adam Shaheen J.P. Holtz
LT Charles Leno Jr. Jason Spriggs Dino Boyd
LG James Daniels Arlington Hambright (R) Lachavious Simmons (R)
C Cody Whitehair Sam Mustipher
RG Germain Ifedi Alex Bars Corey Levin Dieter Eiselen (R)
RT Bobby Massie Rashaad Coward Badara Traore

It is very likely that Nick Foles will take over as the starting quarterback for the Bears, possibly as soon as Week 1. However, Chicago has made it clear that, to start their open quarterback competition, Mitchell Trubisky will begin as the starter.

While not a massive overhaul, there has been improvement in terms of the team’s weapons compared to last year. Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham provide for a better tight end duo than the oft-injured Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen, who is momentarily ahead of players like J.P. Holtz and Jesper Horsted but is arguably more likely to get cut.

Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller provide a rock-solid duo at receiver, especially if Miller can build upon the second half of his 2019 season. The ‘Z’ receiver spot will likely be a battle between youngsters Riley Ridley and Darnell Mooney, so the Bears will have to rely on one of them stepping up in a big way early in their respective careers. The lack of depth behind David Montgomery at running back is a bit worrisome though, since Tarik Cohen isn’t a heavy-load back. It might not hurt for the Bears to bring in a free agent to compete with Ryan Nall and their two undrafted rookies, Artavis Pierce and Napoleon Maxwell.

The starting offensive line seems fairly set in stone, as Germain Ifedi brings much more starting experience than any other guard the Bears currently have on the roster. Jason Spriggs could bring some solid value as a swing tackle, but Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie’s starting roles are safe for this season. It could be interesting to see the likes of Spriggs, Alex Bars, Rashaad Coward—who is technically a tackle but had to spend much of 2019 at guard—Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons battle for roster spots as depth pieces.

Chicago Bears projected defensive depth chart after 2020 NFL draft

Position Starters 2nd string 3rd string Depth Depth
Position Starters 2nd string 3rd string Depth Depth
DE Akiem Hicks Brent Urban Abdullah Anderson
NT Eddie Goldman John Jenkins Lee Autry (R)
DE Bilal Nichols Roy Robertson-Harris Trevon McSwain (R) Lacale London (R)
EDGE Khalil Mack Trevis Gipson (R) James Vaughters Ledarius Mack (R)
ILB Roquan Smith Josh Woods Rashad Smith (R)
ILB Danny Trevathan Joel Iyiegbuniwe Keandre Jones (R)
EDGE Robert Quinn Barkevious Mingo Isaiah Irving
Boundary CB Jaylon Johnson (R) Kevin Toliver Artie Burns Stephen Denmark Xavier Crawford
FS Eddie Jackson DeAndre Houston-Carson
SS Deon Bush Jordan Lucas Kentrell Brice
Field CB Kyle Fuller Sherrick McManis Tre Roberson Michael Joseph
NB Buster Skrine Duke Shelley Kindle Vildor (R)

As it stands right now, the Bears’ defensive starting lineup appears to be fairly set in stone.

Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman have their starting spots lined up, and Bilal Nichols will likely get the slight edge over Roy Robertson-Harris, who has been used mostly in a rotational role. The depth along the defensive line isn’t all that great though, so look for undrafted free agent Trevon McSwain out of Duke to push for a backup spot.

The edge rusher position was improved significantly in the offseason, as Leonard Floyd and Aaron Lynch were replaced by Robert Quinn, rookie Trevis Gipson and Barkevious Mingo. Quinn should form a dangerous pass-rushing duo alongside Khalil Mack, while Gipson and Mingo bring some much-needed depth. The Bears have another talented duo at inside linebacker in Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan, but the depth behind them is poor with the departures of both Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis. That could open up an opportunity for former Florida Atlantic linebacker Rashad Smith to steal a roster spot as an undrafted rookie.

The secondary is where things get interesting. Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson are among the best at their respective positions, and second-round pick Jaylon Johnson is pro-ready enough that he could take the starting cornerback spot alongside Fuller from Week 1. Buster Skrine is also safe as the team’s starting nickel back this year. However, Deon Bush is a serviceable, if uninspiring starter at strong safety, and the depth at safety isn’t stellar. The Bears could look to add a veteran in free agency to compete for a roster spot.

The backup cornerback spots will also be tough to predict, with as many as seven of the cornerbacks after the aforementioned starters staking reasonable claims to make the roster. Among those on the bubble could be Tre Roberson, Artie Burns, Stephen Denmark and Duke Shelley, who is danger of losing his second-string nickel role to Kindle Vildor. Chicago could move one of their cornerbacks to safety, but it will be a hard-fought battle until the regular season begins to claim those last one or two spots on the roster.

Chicago Bears projected special teams depth chart after 2020 NFL draft

Position Starters 2nd string
Position Starters 2nd string
K Eddy Piñeiro Ramiz Ahmed
P Pat O’Donnell
LS Patrick Scales
KR Cordarrelle Patterson Anthony Miller
PR Tarik Cohen Eddie Jackson

The Bears’ special teams roles are set in stone, barring injury. Pat O’Donnell and Patrick Scales have no competition for their respective jobs, and Eddy Piñeiro played well enough that his job is in little to no danger, even with Ramiz Ahmed on the roster. Chicago’s two returner spots are also filled up with two of the best kick and punt returners in the league in Cordarrelle Patterson and Tarik Cohen, respectively.

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