With just a few days before the Chicago Bears kick off their preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles, their first unofficial depth chart was released. Some roster spots come as a surprise when compared to their performance in camp thus far.
Second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson is listed behind Brandon Marshall on one side, with Eric Weems listed behind Alshon Jeffery on the other. Of course, Wilson appears to have the slot receiver position in his grasp, but in the NFL you never know.
In one of the most competitive position battles — for safety — Ryan Mundy was listed as the starting strong safety. Rookie Brock Vereen was listed ahead of M.D. Jennings at free safety. Safety was a major concern for the Bears this offseason. Mundy, Jennings, Danny McCray and Adrian Wilson were brought over in free agency.
At backup quarterback, Jordan Palmer was listed ahead of Jimmy Clausen and rookie David Fales. Here is the place where a big surprise came as Clausen was impressive early on in training camp, especially in the two-minute drill. This comes as rumors are swirling of former Bears QB Kyle Orton returning to back up the man he was traded for.
At another highly competitive position battle, Jon Bostic and D.J. Williams were listed as co-starters at middle linebacker. This pretty much confirms what has been thought all training camp — the middle linebacker position is a toss up. Next to that, Shea McClellin is listed as a start on the outside. That could be an indication that Bostic could challenge him for that spot if Williams can take a firm grip in the middle.
All this will play out throughout the first preseason game vs. the Eagles and the next three games.