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Predicting the Chicago Bears’ Final Depth Chart Before the 2014 Season Begins

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Chicago Bears Training Camp 2014: Predicting the Final Depth Chart

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Training camps for NFL teams have just gotten underway, and no preseason games have been played yet. However, much can be predicted when deciding what each team’s 53-man roster will be for the 2014 season. After looking at what the Chicago Bears have done up to this point, here is the depth chart that I anticipate the Bears will have this year.

Quarterbacks (3)

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Quarterbacks (3)

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Jay Cutler (starting QB)
Jordan Palmer
David Fales

Quarterbacks (3)

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There’s no doubt that Jay Cutler will be the main man under center. But who will be the No. 2 quarterback? The Bears signed Jimmy Clausen in June, which caused an instant QB controversy behind Cutler. I don’t see Clausen making a dramatic turnaround from his rocky start in the NFL. Jordan Palmer should hold on to the backup spot, while rookie David Fales learns as the third-stringer.

Running Backs (4)

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Running Backs (4)

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Matt Forte (starting RB)
Ka’Deem Carey
Michael Ford
Tony Fiammetta (starting FB)

Running Backs (4)

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When on the field last season, Matt Forte represented nearly a third of the Bears’ offensive production. This year when the Pro Bowler is off the field, rookie Ka’Deem Carey should be the one spelling Forte. Michael Ford will more than likely be used in the return game. With hardly any competition at fullback, Tony Fiammetta should hold down the starting spot.

Wide Receivers (5)

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Wide Receivers (5)

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Brandon Marshall (starting WR)
Alshon Jeffery (starting WR)
Marquess Wilson
Josh Morgan
Eric Weems

Wide Receivers (5)

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The first, second and third wide receiver spots will be occupied by Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson respectively. Of all the other remaining receivers vying for a spot on the 53-man roster, Josh Morgan has had the most productive career thus far and should be a shoo-in for the receiving corps. Eric Weems should fill the fifth spot thanks to his contribution to special teams.

Tight Ends (2)

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Tight Ends (2)

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Martellus Bennett (starting TE)
Dante Rosario

Tight Ends (2)

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Martellus Bennett had nearly 800 receiving yards last season, and with more attention put on Marshall and Jeffery on the outside, the seven-year pro should have more opportunities over the middle. As for the remaining tight ends, Dante Rosario seems to be the best all-around player. Furthermore, his familiarity with the playbook won’t hurt his chances of making the team.

Offensive Linemen (9)

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Offensive Linemen (9)

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Jermon Bushrod (starting LT)
Matt Slauson (starting LG)
Roberto Garza (starting C)
Kyle Long (starting RG)
Jordan Mills (starting RT)
Brian de la Puente (C)
Eben Britton (G)
James Brown (T)
Charles Leno Jr. (T)

Offensive Linemen (9)

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The chemistry of Chicago’s starting offensive line should be even tighter than last season. Brian de la Puente could be a starter for numerous teams in the league, so keeping him is a no-brainer. Eben Britton also has some connection from last year with the O-line, and the Bears more than likely won’t waste their seventh-round pick that was used on Charles Leno Jr.

Defensive Linemen (10)

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Defensive Linemen (10)

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Jared Allen (starting DE)
Lamarr Houston (starting DE)
Stephen Paea (starting DT)
Jeremiah Ratliff (starting DT)
Willie Young (DE)
Ego Ferguson (DT)
Will Sutton (DT)
Nate Collins (DT)
David Bass (DE)
Trevor Scott (DE)

Defensive Linemen (10)

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The depth along the defensive line will be stocked with both experience and youth. Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, the Bears’ biggest free-agent signees, should be the difference-makers against the run and the pass. The health of Jeremiah Ratliff and the production of rookies Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton will dictate just how stout the D-line will be in 2014.

Linebackers (7)

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Linebackers (7)

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Lance Briggs (starting WLB)
D.J. Williams (starting MLB)
Jon Bostic (starting SLB)
Shea McClellin
Khaseem Greene
Christian Jones
Jordan Senn

Linebackers (7)

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Veterans Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams will have their work cut out for them when leading Chicago’s young corps of linebackers. Jon Bostic should stick at the strong side position, with Shea McClellin stepping in during pass-rushing situations. Undrafted rookie Christian Jones just might prove he’s worthy of a special teams spot, along with Jordan Senn.

Defensive Backs (9)

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Defensive Backs (9)

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Charles Tillman (starting CB)
Tim Jennings (starting CB)
Adrian Wilson (starting SS)
Brock Vereen (starting FS)
Kyle Fuller (CB)
Ryan Mundy (S)
Chris Conte (S)
Kelvin Hayden (CB)
Sherrick McManis (CB)

Defensive Backs (9)

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Rookie Kyle Fuller might see more time on the field in nickel packages along with fellow cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. The battle for both safety positions just might be won by 14-year veteran Adrian Wilson and rookie Brock Vereen. Despite starting training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Chris Conte should still sneak onto the 53-man roster.

Special Teams (4)

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Special Teams (4)

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Robbie Gould (K)
Pat O’Donnell (P)
Chad Rempel (LS)
Armanti Edwards (PR)

Special Teams (4)

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Robbie Gould will be the only familiar face among Chicago’s special teams specialists. Rookie Pat O’Donnell should be given more than enough chances to win the punter position. Although Chad Rempel is a rookie, the 32-year-old long snapper’s experience in the Canadian Football League should help him earn a spot on the roster, as should the sure hands of Armanti Edwards.