Projection Game

A look at what the depth chart could look like at the start of the season.

2006 First Team
QB Rex Grossman
RB Thomas Jones
FB Jason McKie
WR Muhsin Muhammad
WR Mark Bradley
TE Desmond Clark
LT John Tait
LG Ruben Brown
C Olin Kreutz
RG Roberto Garza
RT Fred Miller

Second Team
QB Brian Griese
RB Cedric Benson
FB J.D. Runnels
WR Justin Gage
WR Bernard Berrian
TE Tim Day
LT John St. Clair
LG Steve Edwards
C Lennie Friedman
RG Terrence Metcalf
RT John St. Clair

Bryan Johnson's name is missing from the starting lineup because there's a chance he could get cut before the start of the season. He's missed 13 games because of injury over the past two seasons with the Bears and has $625,000 base salary for 2006, which is a high figure for a fullback.

2006 1st Team Defense
RE Alex Brown
DT Tommie Harris
DT Ian Scott
LE Adewale Ogunleye
WLB Lance Briggs
MLB Brian Urlacher
SLB Hunter Hillenmeyer
CB Nathan Vasher
CB Charles Tillman
FS Chris Harris
SS Mike Brown

2nd Team Defense
RE Mark Anderson
DT Dusty Dvoracek
DT Alfonso Boone
LE Israel Idonije
WLB Leon Joe
MLB Jamar Williams
SLB Brendon Ayanbadejo
CB Ricky Manning
CB Devin Hester
FS Danieal Manning
SS Todd Johnson

The addition of Dvoracek gives the Bears insurance incase Terry Johnson isn't ready by the start of the season. If Johnson can return, the interior of the defensive line will be the deepest part of the team.

Michael Haynes is likely to be gone before the team reports to training camp. The selection of Mark Anderson gives the team a pass rush specialist to go with the versatile Israel Idonije. There appeared to be a chance Haynes could move to defensive tackle, but the scenario is unlikely with Dvoracek in the mix.

2006 1st Team Specialists
P Brad Maynard
K Robbie Gould
KR Danieal Manning
PR Devin Hester

The rookies will compete for the return roles. There's a chance Hester could handle both kicks and punts, but for now splitting the responsibility will lighten the load for him as he tries to improve his technique at cornerback.

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