The NFL Draft and free agency are long over and the offseason programs are picking up.
While there will still be some minor roster shuffling, the main periods of talent acquisition are over, which means that barring some kind of Josh Sitton-type situation, the Bears have the vast majority of their starting roster in place.
The Bears have added a lot of players to their team but there remains a lot of doubt about whether the team has actually gotten much better.
The team had plenty of roster holes and positions of need, more than could be filled in one offseason so it was always known that something would be ignored.
Now though, with the bulk of the training camp roster in place, which position group remains most worrisome?
Once Alshon Jeffery left in free agency and Eddie Royal was released, the proven veterans on the Bears were gone as well. While Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton were added, they are hardly household names. Former UDFA Cam Meredith is the team’s only returning proven receiver. Kevin White will be back but after two major leg injuries it’s fair to wonder how effective he will be and how much he can even be relied on.
The Bears invested in some free agents here with Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper joining returning players such as Kyle Fuller and Cre’Von LeBlanc. There are questions surrounding both the new and the returning players regarding health and playing ability. Can the Bears field a consistent secondary?
Another year, another safety rotation. The Bears threw a draft pick at the position (Eddie Jackson) and a free agent (Quintin Demps) and also have a number of returning players from last year in Deiondre Hall, Adrian Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey, Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson. None of these players locked down a starting spot last year, so what is to say this year will be different?
While the interior spots are locked down with Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair and Josh Sitton, there are some depth questions at the outside positions. Many fans still doubt Charles Leno’s ability to be a bookend LT and Bobby Massie did improve late last season but still cast doubt over the RT spot. Is there enough depth should an injury take a starter out?
Zach Miller has been a good, solid player when he’s on the field but unfortunately, injuries continue to dog his career. While the Bears brought in Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen, the position still has some depth issues. If Miller is hurt it could thrust Sims, who is seen more as a blocker, into a bigger role, especially if Shaheen isn’t able to adapt to the NFL level quick enough.
Which position group concerns you the most? Are there any players you think the Bears should bring in to help them?