QuarterbackJay Cutler, Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie
Cutler has elite arm strength, excellent athleticism for avoiding the rush and scrambling for significant yardage at times and the size and strength to take on back-seven defenders when necessary. He and offensive coordinator Mike Martz worked extremely well together, and Cutler was able to grasp Martz's scheme quickly. Collins is clearly long past whatever prime he had. Hanie may have impressed Martz enough against Green Bay to earn the No. 2 job.
Running BackMatt Forte, Chester Taylor, Garrett Wolfe, Kahlil Bell
In the second half of the season, Forte was outstanding, averaging over 5.0 yards per carry to finish with a career-best 4.5-yard average for the season. He also tied for the team lead with 51 receptions and averaged 10.7 yards per catch. Taylor's contributions were marginal and he was ineffective for most of the season, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry. Wolfe does not have a role in the offense but contributes on special teams. Bell has no special qualities but decent run skills and should get a chance to replace Taylor next training camp.
Wide ReceiverJohnny Knox, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Rashied Davis, Devin Aromashodu
Knox took another huge step this year toward becoming a go-to guy. He fell short by 40 yards of his goal of reaching 1,000 yards but emerged this year as a big-play receiver. He averaged 18.8 yards per catch. Hester seemed to plateau as a receiver, but he still attracted a lot of attention from the defense and is a legitimate deep threat despite an ordinary average of 11.9 yards per catch. Bennett started slowly but emerged as the most consistent member of the group and the player with the best hands. Davis is a jack of all trades and he showed in the season finale that he can still step in when needed, as he caught seven passes for 63 yards when Bennett was out. Aromashodu has the best size-speed combination, but he was the forgotten man after he came up small in the opener by dropping passes and looking tentative across the middle.
Tight EndGreg Olsen, Brandon Manumaleuna, Kellen Davis, Desmond Clark
Olsen caught fewer passes for fewer yards but became more of a complete tight end under Martz by improving his blocking, especially in blitz pickup. Manumaleuna is listed as a fullback but is actually a blocking H-back, with the emphasis on blocking. Davis is big and athletic, which he showed with a 39-yard touchdown grab in the divisional-round victory over the Seahawks, just his second catch of the year. Clark was unable to get on the field for most of the season.
Offensive LineLT Frank Omiyale, LG Chris Williams, C Olin Kreutz, RG Roberto Garza, RT J'Marcus Webb, OT Kevin Shaffer, OT Herman Johnson, G Lance Louis, G/C Edwin Williams
Thanks to offensive line coach Mike Tice, the sum of this group was better than the individual parts. Omiyale may never be an elite pass protector, but he's currently the best left tackle on the roster and seems more at home there than at right tackle or left guard. Chris Williams was supposed to be the left tackle for the next decade when he was drafted in the first round in 2008, but he lost the job to Omiyale. He has played pretty well at guard, even though his body type seems better suited to left tackle. Kreutz is not only the line leader but the team leader. What he has lost in athleticism over 13 years of trench warfare, he more than makes up for with toughness, guile, intelligence and heart. Garza works well together with Kreutz and they have played alongside each other for six years, but he may have to hold off challenges from younger players in the near future. Webb, a seventh-round pick, contributed more than any other rookie this year, making the huge jump in class from West Texas A&M.
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