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Chicago Bears full 53-man roster projection for the 2016 season

With 22 players set to be cut on Saturday, here are our projections for the Chicago Bears 2016 53-man roster, including the practice squad.

The Chicago Bears, along with the rest of the NFL, will have to pare down the roster from 75 players to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. 

As such, 22 players will receive pink slips in the next few days, which will finalize Chicago's roster heading into Week 1 of the regular season. 

With that in mind, here are my projections for each spot on the Bears' 53-man roster. 


Quarterback (2): Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer

No surprises here. The Bears, like most NFL teams, will keep just two quarterbacks on the roster.

Running Back (4): Jeremy Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers, Ka'Deem Carey, Jordan Howard

The Bears will execute a committee backfield, rotating Langford, Rodgers and Carey. Howard will likely be inactive through the first half of the season, or until someone gets hurt. 

Fullback (1): Paul Lasike

John Fox wants a throwback fullback for his run-heavy offense and Lasike beat out Darrel Young for the gig. 

Wide Receiver (6): Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, Eddie Royal, Josh Bellamy, Marc Mariani, Deonte Thompson

Jeffery, White and Royal are the starters, while Mariani and Bellamy will rotate as the No. 4. Marinani wins out because of his dependability as a pass catcher, as well as his experience as a punt returner. Bellamy is a core special teams player and has upside as a receiver. Thompson makes the final cut because of his speed and big-play ability as a kick returner. 

Tight End (3): Zach Miller, Tony Moeaki, Khari Lee

Moeaki is the best pass-catching option behind Miller. Lee beats out Rob Housler and Greg Scruggs only because of his experience in the offense last year and the fact he cost a sixth-round pick. Of all my projections, I'm least confident at tight end, where no one has stood out in the battle to be Miller's backup. 

Offensive Line (9): Charles Leno, Cody Whitehair, Ted Larsen, Kyle Long, Bobby Massie, Garry Williams, Amini Silatolu, Cornelius Edison, Jason Weaver

Leno, Whitehair, Larsen, Long and Massie will start. Williams has been the best of the swing-tackle options, while Silatolu has been the most consistent swing guard. Edison gets the call because of the injuries to Hroniss Grasu and, more importantly, Kyle Long. Weaver beats out Mike Adams because Adams has been horrible and Weaver can play guard or tackle. 



Defensive Line (6): Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Mitch Unrein, Will Sutton, Cornelius Washington, Jonathan Bullard

Hicks, Goldman and Unrein will start. Sutton is the primary backup at nose tackle, while Washington and Bullard are the club's best interior pass rushers. Former second rounder Ego Ferguson is a roster casualty. 

Inside Linebacker (5): Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman, Christian Jones, Nick Kwiatkoski, Jonathan Anderson

Trevathan and Freeman will start. Jones is a core special teams player and can play ILB or OLB. Kwiatkoski is a fourth rounder, so the Bears won't cut him, but he'll likely start the year as a weekly inactive. Anderson gets the nod over John Timu because Anderson is far better in coverage and he's a core special teams player. 

Outside Linebacker (5): Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Leonard Floyd, Sam Acho 

This one is pretty cut and dry. If McPhee beings the year on PUP then Jones may move back to OLB, allowing the Bears to keep Timu on the final 53, or else keep another cornerback.  

Cornerback (5): Kyle Fuller, Tracy Porter, Bryce Callahan, Sherrick McManis, Deiondre Hall

Injuries to Fuller and Porter are problematic and could change this group before the start of Week 1. The same goes for Callahan. If all return soon then they will serve as the starters, with Callahan in the slot. Hall is a fourth-round pick and has shown promise in the preseason, while McManis is a core ST player. If any of the top three are sidelined for an extended period of time, expect Demontre Hurst to land on the final 53-man roster due to his versatility and ST value. Jacoby Glenn would also be an option in that scenario. 

Safety (4): Adrian Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey, Deon Bush, Chris Prosinski

Amos and Jones-Quartey will start. Bush is a fourth rounder who hits hard and has playmaking ability, while Prosinski is a core ST player. 


Special Teams

Long Snapper: Patrick Scales
Punter: Patrick O'Donnell
Kicker: Robbie Gould


Practice Squad

Daniel Braverman, David Fales, Cameron Meredith, John Timu, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Greg Scruggs, Jacoby Glenn, DeVante Bausby, Ben Braunecker

Next man up: B.J. Daniels


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