The Chicago Bears are expected to be big players during the 2017 free agency period. The team has holes to fill on both sides of the ball as they attempt to improve from a 3-13 record in 2016.
While they will look to free agency to fill those holes, the Bears currently have 10 players on reserve/future contracts, so they'll also look within their own roster to find replacements at key positions.
But which of those reserve/futures players could see the field in 2017?
CB Jacoby Glenn
The 23-year-old cornerback saw action in seven games for the Bears in 2016, recording an interception and six pass deflections.
Glenn struggled at times and was released on Oct. 25. He was then re-signed to the practice squad, where he spent the remainder of the season.
Despite his struggles, he does have experience and is a young player with room to develop. Glenn has a decent shot to make the 53-man roster come September, as Chicago's secondary is a must-fix this year.
WR Rueben Randle
The Bears signed the four-year veteran in January. With the decision on Alshon Jeffery looming, Randle could sneak his way onto the roster, especially if the team waives Eddie Royal and allows Marquess Wilson to walk in free agency.
Randle has had some success in the NFL, finishing with 938 receiving yards in 2014 and then 8 TDs in 2015. Work ethic issues have dogged him during his career but if he's put that past him, the 6-2 Randle could be a prime candidate to crack the roster.
C Cornelius Edison
Edison made the initial 53-man roster last year after playing well in the preseason, yet he was sent to the practice squad when the Bears signed guard Josh Sitton just days before the season opener. He was later called back up to the active roster and played in six games, although he never saw the field.
Edison -- a former undrafted free agent who in 2014 won the Remington Award, given annually to the nation's best center -- will again compete for a roster spot in training camp next year. Edison is just 23 and should again provide quality depth along the interior of Chicago's offensive line, even if it means another year on the practice squad.
CB De’Vante Bausby
With the injury bug biting the Bears secondary in 2016, defensive back De’Vante Bausby appeared in four games. He finished with 12 total tackles and no pass breakups.
The Pittsburg State product had some bad snaps during the regular season but flashed some potential during training camp. He also has ideal size at 6-2, 190. The Bears are thin in the secondary so if Bausby shines in camp next year, he'll be a strong candidate to make the team.
DL Kapron Lewis-Moore
The 26-year-old defensive lineman has been plagued by injuries during his four years in the NFL. He suffered an ACL tear in Notre Dame’s BCS loss to Alabama in 2013 and spent the next two years on Baltimore's IR. He finally returned to good health last season, playing in five games for the Ravens in a reserve role.
Lewis-Moore obviously needs to stay healthy if he wants any chance to make the 53-man roster. If he does, he could take advantage of Chicago's lack of depth along the defensive line.
G Cyril Richardson
Richardson made four starts in 12 games with the Buffalo Bills from 2014-16 and could provide some offensive line depth for the Bears.
The 6-5, 343 pounder creates good push up the middle but struggles on plays that run laterally. He wasn't great in pass protection either, which makes him a long shot to make the Bears' final roster.
RB David Cobb
Cobb played in seven games for the Tennessee Titans in 2015 and averaged 2.8 yards per carry. He was then released before the 2016 regular season. The Bears already have three solid running backs with experience, so it’s hard to imagine Cobb finding a spot on the roster.
His best chance will be to prove his worth on special teams.
CB Rashaad Reynolds
Reynolds is another defensive back on a reserve/future contract. He’s yet to see action in any game during his three seasons in the NFL, spending time on the practice squads of the Jaguars and Lions.
Injuries to players in front of him may be his only path to the final 53-man roster.
WR Dres Anderson
Anderson went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft but signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. The concern for Anderson was his surgically repaired knee and he missed the entire 2015 season.
The Bears signed Anderson to the practice squad in November last year. Overcoming injuries will be his biggest obstacle.
OT William Poehls
The 6-8 offensive tackle has spent time on the practice squads of the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills during his three-year NFL career. The Bears need a quality swing tackle, so Poehls could compete for a roster spot in 2017.
Poehls needs to make some big adjustments to his game, which includes getting better in pass protection, to have any shot.null