The Chicago Bears played their 4th and final preseason game yesterday, but only the back-ups played. So, I decided to change it up … I have decided to predict the Bears’ 53-man roster. Rosters have to be down by 53 by today at 8 p.m. Central. Here’s my prediction:
QB: Jay Cutler, Jason Campbell – I think there’s a slight chance Josh McCown does make the team, but I think he’s looking from the outside in right now. I think if the Bears do need a 3rd string QB, they can find someone else that will do the same or better than McCown, if he doesn’t sign with another team.
RB: Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Armando Allen – The 3rd string RB was down to Allen and Lorenzo Booker, but I think Allen just played better than Booker.
WR: Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Alshon Jeffery, Eric Weems, Dane Sanzenbacher – This is very obvious, especially after the release of Rashied Davis.
TE: Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth, Evan Rodriguez, Kyle Adams: The Bears like to go with 4 TE and they all seem to be worth a roster spot. I do expect 4 TE once again this year.
OL: Gabe Carimi, Chris Williams, Roberto Garza, Chris Spencer, Lance Louis, Chilo Rachal, Edwin Williams, J’Marcus Webb, Corey Brandon – OL is hit and miss as no one really stands out. So, OL is pretty hard to predict of whom will make the team.
DL: Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, Shea McClellin, Matt Toeaina, Nate Collins, Chauncey Davis, Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Cheta Ozougwu – One guy that I think will be cut loose is Corey Wooton. I think his time may be up as he’s injury-prone and under performs.
LB: Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Blake Constanzo, Geno Hayes, J.T. Thomas – I think the Bears may add an extra LB with the injury to Urlacher.
DB: Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, DJ Moore, Kelvin Hayden, Greg McCoy – I’m not sure who’ll make the team as a DB, but there wasn’t much competition.
S: Chris Conte, Craig Steltz, Major Wright, Anthony Walters, Jeremy Jones – I think the Bears will keep an extra safety on the roster since safety is an injury-prone position for the Bears.
ST: Robbie Gould, Adam Podlesh, Patrick Mannelly, Ryan Quigley – I think the Bears will keep 2 punters on the roster. Since the Podlesh injury and we don’t know how the injury progress is going.
I know I won’t get the 53-man roster right, but it’s fun to try and predict the players that may make the team.
Don’t forget, rosters must be set by 8 p.m. Central tonight!