By Clyde A. Speller @ClydeASpeller on August 19, 2014
With the NFL regular season less than a month away, the Chicago Bears will have to start deciding who will make their final 53-man roster. Currently, many players on all three phases of the game are fighting to suit up on Sept. 7 and will have to make their cases known to coaches in the final two preseason games. Among the numerous players, here are the top five that are on the roster bubble.
It was considered a longshot for the former college quarterback to make the 53-man roster as a running back. Although Jordan Lynch is a local fan favorite, the chances of the undrafted rookie beating out Shaun Draughn and fellow rookie Ka’Deem Carey are virtually impossible. The best-case scenario for Lynch is the practice squad.
The season-ending injury to Zach Miller has given Matthew Mulligan a better shot at claiming the No. 2 tight end spot on the Bears’ depth chart. However, the fact that fellow tight end Dante Rosario is much more familiar with Chicago’s offensive scheme just might be the difference maker in Mulligan not making the 53-man roster.
Michael Ford hasn’t had much playing time at running back in the preseason, and more than likely that trend will continue through the remainder of the preseason. The best chance for Ford to make this team is on special teams as a return man.
Clearly, the only way Adrian Wilson will make this team is if he is in the starting lineup. So far this preseason, the 14-year veteran hasn’t played with the first team and really hasn’t done anything to set himself apart from the rest of the safeties. The fact that Chris Conte and Craig Steltz are back in the competition doesn’t make anything easier for Wilson in the final weeks of the preseason.
Before Jimmy Clausen entered the picture, Jordan Palmer seemed destined to be the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback. Unfortunately, Clausen’s performance in training camp and in the preseason has overshadowed Palmer’s efforts. If Palmer doesn’t step his game up significantly in Chicago’s next two preseason games, his bubble will pop.
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