5 Dark Horse Candidates to Make Chicago Bears 53-Man Roster

5 Dark Horse Candidates to Make Chicago Bears’ 53-Man Roster

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Even before the start of training camp, the majority of the Chicago Bears 53-man roster can pretty much be predicted. However, there are a handful of spots that will be up for grabs for unsuspected players. Here are five players that may fly under the radar and make the Bears’ 53-man roster.

5. Adrian Wilson

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5. Adrian Wilson

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The only way I see Adrian Wilson making this team is if he cracks the starting lineup. Even if he is fully recovered from his Achilles injury from a year ago, Wilson may still find it difficult to contend against younger players who have already had some familiarity in Chicago’s defensive scheme from last season and in minicamp.

4. Josh Morgan

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4. Josh Morgan

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The battle for the last couple of receiver positions will be one of the toughest in the Bears’ camp. Assuming that the Bears carry five receivers going into the 2014 regular season, Josh Morgan could be one of the chosen few. Morgan’s 54-career starts with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers could work in his favor.

3. Armanti Edwards

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3. Armanti Edwards

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With Devin Hester out of the picture, Armanti Edwards could find it a bit easier to claim a spot as the Bears’ primary punt returner. With an already crowded competition for receiver spots, special teams may be the only way Edwards makes the 53-man roster.

2. David Fales

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2. David Fales

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With Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer, and the late addition of Jimmy Clausen in the Bears’ group of gun slingers, many would predict that sixth-round draft pick David Fales will be the odd man out. However, we really don’t know what Chicago will get with Clausen, who has not had a positive career so far. If by chance Clausen doesn’t show any improvement, Fales could fall into the No. 3 quarterback spot.

1. Christian Jones

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1. Christian Jones

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Chicago’s starting linebacking corps is virtually cemented. If Chicago decides to bring seven linebackers onto their 53-man roster, undrafted rookie Christian Jones stands to have a good chance of making the team.


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  • All Down Hill

    It’s not sexy but the thing about Armanti Edwards is he almost never fumbles or makes a mistake. He’s very smart, a team guy. He lead the Panthers in 2011 in longest punt return, longest kickoff return, most yards per touch and longest reception. All with zero fumbles. He did all this with less than 25 touches for the season. ALL these 2011 team records were done in the forth quarter when the game was on the line after someone else screwed up and he got in the game. He never got much of a chance and when he did he produced team records. The year before he had zero fumbles as the primary punt returner with some of the worst punt blocking in years. He would catch the ball with three defenders “standing” beside him and the box score reading trolls blamed him low production after the catch.He did a perfect job. He always seems to make the right decision. Two seasons in a row without a fumble. Also, you get a credible emergency quarterback as a bonus.Only Air McNair had better stats in the history of the FCS. (That includes Joe Flacco – Superbowl MVP)