Earlier today the Chicago Bears revealed their first “unofficial” depth chart for the preseason. As we’ve learned through the years, this first depth chart doesn’t matter much, but we’re a football starved fan-base, so we’ll inspect this bad-boy like it’s a playoff roster!
There isn’t much on it that comes as a surprise, but we’ll start with the offense.
The o-line is the expected bunch right to left; Bobby Massie, Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair, Eric Kush, and Charles Leno Jr. Rookie James Daniels is listed as the number two left guard and the third string center. I think he has a great shot at unseating Kush, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kush kept the job. He was playing good football two years ago before his injury. Converted defensive lineman Rashaad Coward is listed as the number two right tackle.
The highlight of the skill players is both free agent wide outs, Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, listed as the starters. Kevin White is behind Robinson, and rookie sensation Anthony Miller is behind Gabriel.
The only interesting thing at the running backs is Ryan Nall is number five at the tailbacks, and not grouped in at all at fullback. Michael Burton is the only FB listed.
Trey Burton is the top tight end, and second year pro Adam Shaheen is number three behind Dion Sims. This jives with what we’ve heard from head coach Matt Nagy. He said it’s be Burton (U) and Sims (Y) as the “starters,” with Shaheen getting reps at both spots.
There are no surprises at the special teams. Cody Parkey (K), Patrick Scales (LS), and Patrick O’Donnell (P) round out the number ones. Tarik Cohen is the top punt returner, while Benny Cunningham is the number one kick returner.
Over on the defensive side of things, the Bears open with Sam Acho starting at outside linebacker opposite Leonard Floyd.
Jonathan Bullard starts at one defensive end spot with Roy Robertson-Harris backing him up.
Hold out rookie Roquan Smith is the number two inside linebacker behind Nick Kwiatkoski.
The starting secondary is unchanged from a year ago, with the only interesting thing to note is Deiondre’ Hall — who has played some corner in the past, and is currently listed at CB on the Bears’ roster — is listed as the backup safety to Adrian Amos.
I’d imagine that some of the first stringers on this depth chart will be held out of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Ravens in the Hall of Fame Game.
Look over the Bears’ depth chart and let us know if anything stands out to you guys.