Bears Camp Winners & Losers

The Chicago Bears' three weeks in Bourbonnais have come to an end. We break down the players who shined, and those who struggled, during training camp, and how that will affect the roster.

Winners

Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery was arguably the most impressive offensive player in camp. He worked out with Brandon Marshall in the offseason and it appears to have paid off. Jeffery's newfound confidence has been clearly evident, as he's been nearly unstoppable for most of camp, even with a Pro Bowl cornerback covering him on almost every snap.

Devin Aromashodu
With recent injuries to Earl Bennett and Joe Anderson, Aromashodu jumped into the starting lineup and stayed there, even after Anderson returned to full practice yesterday. Aromashodu has made a number of plays down the field and could be the deep threat Chicago's offense needs.

Martellus Bennett
Outside of his dust up with Chicago's entire secondary, Bennett was nothing but impressive in Bourbonnais, both as a pass catcher and blocker. No other player has caught more balls from Jay Cutler than Bennett. He's going to drop a few passes but he'll be a vital piece of the passing attack this season.

Kyle Long
Long has been inconsistent but that's to be expected from a rookie. Yet when he's been good, he's been very good. Long did a solid job in the preseason opener, particularly blocking at the second level, and has taken over as the starter at right guard.

Nate Collins
Collins was a beast in the first preseason game and has been getting starter reps while Henry Melton recovers from a concussion. Collins has shown the ability to penetrate and be disruptive in the backfield. His presence inside gives the Bears needed depth at defensive tackle.

Corey Wootton
Wootton has dealt with a couple of nagging injuries but when he's been on the field, he's been dominant, picking up right where he left off last season. His combination of strength and quickness off the edge has made the club's offensive tackles look silly in practice. If he can stay healthy, Wootton has a shot at making the Pro Bowl this season.

Jon Bostic
D.J. Williams has been out due to a calf injury sustained the first weekend of camp. Bostic was then thrust into the starting role and has grown each and every day. And against Carolina, he showed great speed, awareness and hands, and returned an interception for a touchdown. Bostic still has a lot of room for improvement but he appears to have the skill set to be Brian Urlacher's long-term replacement.

Isaiah Frey
You guys are probably sick of me talking about Frey. Trust me, you'll be talking about him all season as well.

Losers

J'Marcus Webb
Webb started camp as the starting right tackle but he was demoted after a poor performance in Carolina. He's been working at left tackle with the second team this week. Both Marc Trestman and Aaron Kromer have taken turns expressing their dissatisfaction with Webb's performance to this point. He needs to step up his game and start playing like he did in the second half last season.

James Brown
Like Webb, Brown was a starter and is now a backup. He's been working at both guard spots but he hasn't shown much quickness, power or balance. The former undrafted free agent is now in a fight to make the 53-man roster.

Brandon Hardin
Hardin has been battling with Anthony Walters for the club's fourth safety spot but he hasn't shown much at all. He had a great opportunity to make a big play against the Panthers, but he dropped an interception thrown right at him. And it's worth noting he hasn't been involved in any of the special teams units, while Walters is a member of all four units.

D.J. Williams/Jonathan Scott
Both Williams and Scott came into camp expecting to play significant roles this season yet due to injury neither has seen much of the field. If they continue to miss time, Williams may lose his starting gig and Scott may be out of a job.

Eric Weems
Weems hasn't looked bad in Bourbonnais but the other receivers have been better. On top of that, he didn't taken a single snap as a punt or kick returner in camp. He did return one punt in the preseason opener but it appears the Bears are dedicated to Devin Hester as their full-time returner, which is going to make it very hard to justify Weems' roster spot.

To Be Determined

Jordan Mills
By process of elimination, Mills is the starter at right tackle but he hasn't shown much of anything in pass protection. He has made numerous mental mistakes, the types of which will get Cutler killed in live action. He's going to start tomorrow's game against San Diego and will need to show considerable improvement to keep his starting gig.

Khaseem Greene
Greene hasn't been all that impressive working with the second team in practice but he showed up in a big way against the Panthers. He appears to have all of the physical tools to be a starting linebacker but the sample size is still too small to anoint him the future.

Cornelius Washington
Washington has great burst and power but he's very raw. His hand usage has been questionable, as has his conditioning. He's been given a lot of snaps with the second team but hasn't done a whole lot with them. Right now, Washington is firmly on the bubble.

Marquess Wilson
Wilson has worked his way from the third team to the second team, and even took a first-team rep yesterday. In the opener, he was the best receiver on the field and showed great playmaking ability. He must improve his concentration and consistency but he's making a strong push for a roster spot. We'll see if he can continue climbing up the depth chart.


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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