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Chicago Bears First 2014 Training Camp Depth Chart Released

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The Bears released their first depth chart of the year, and it lists a couple of surprising starters.

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The Bears released their first unofficial training camp depth chart in advance of Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.

The full depth chart can be found right over here at the Bears' official web site. But let's go over a few of the highlights of the depth chart really quick.

  • D.J. Williams and Jon Bostic are listed as co-starters at middle linebacker. Shea McClellin's listed as the starter on the strong-side. Lance Briggs of course retains rightful ownership of the weak-side. Christian Jones and Khaseem Greene are listed as backups to Shea and Briggs, respectively.
  • The backup quarterback spot is currently held by Jordan Palmer, followed by Jimmy Clausen and David Fales.
  • Will Sutton backs up Jeremiah Ratliff, and Ego Ferguson backs up Stephen Paea. Nate Collins is listed behind Sutton.
  • The backup running back spot is currently held by Shaun Draughn, with Michael Ford third and Ka'Deem Carey fourth. Jordan Lynch brings up the rear in the group with Carey.
  • Dante Rosario currently holds the backup tight end spot.
  • David Bass and Cornelius Washington are listed at the back of the defensive end depth charts.
  • Receiver Chris Williams is also in the "Also-ran" category of wide receivers. Eric Weems is listed in second string behind Alshon Jeffery. Marquess Wilson holds the spot behind Brandon Marshall.
  • Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen are currently listed as the starters at safety. Note Chris Conte in third string, but also note the parentheses. It may well just be a temporary listing while he remains out. Same with Craig Steltz.
  • In the battles that really matter, Pat O'Donnell and Tress Way are still in competition, as are long snappers Brandon Hartson and Chad Rumpel.

Keep in mind that while this is the first depth chart we've seen this year, it may yet be subject to change and may not fully represent what we see on Friday during the game. That being said, what are your thoughts on the first depth chart of the year?