Cutting Room Floor: Matt Toeaina
Analysis: Harris and Dvoracek could be one of the better D-tackle combinations in the league, but the two of them simply have to stay healthy this season. Adams is a solid run defender, while Harrison could see significant action in passing situations. Idonije looks to be making a permanent move inside, making Toeaina expendable even though he played well when called upon last year.
Analysis: Ogunleye had arguably his best season in a Bears uniform this past year, as he continues to be one of the most well-rounded D-ends in football. It appears as if Brown has taken back the starting job from Anderson, who is much better suited to be a sack specialist on third down like he was as a rookie in 2006. Bazuin still has a long way to go after spending his first year on injured reserve, but look for Baldwin to be stashed away on the practice squad and possibly get a shot if Bazuin continues to struggle.
Analysis: The starting unit is set, as Urlacher is a former Defensive Player of the Year, Briggs has been to three straight Pro Bowls, and Hillenmeyer continues to get better each and every season. Williams will be the first off the bench at all three positions, while Wilson and Roach are going to be major contributors on special teams. Okwo might be the odd man out after missing his rookie year on IR, so he and LaRocque, one of the five seventh-round draft picks, could both end up on the practice squad.
Analysis: Tillman and Vasher are a terrific pair of cover corners when operating at full capacity, and the secondary was never the same last year after Vasher suffered that nasty groin pull. Second-year defenders Graham and McBride have both leapfrogged Manning on the depth chart, so look for the veteran nickelback to be sent packing very soon. Even fifth-rounder Bowman has been getting more reps than Manning, plus the rookie's ability on special teams should help him survive the final cuts.
Analysis: Brown hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently in any of the last four seasons, but it's impossible to ignore the impact he has on this defense when he's back there. McGowan is firmly entrenched in the starting lineup, as Manning is being converted into the third cornerback in nickel situations. Payne and Steltz got plenty of work in the offseason program at the strong and free safety positions, so that versatility is a nice luxury to have with young players.
Analysis: Gould is now the highest-paid kicker in the NFL, and he deserves it since he's the most accurate field-goal artist in franchise history. Maynard continues to be one of the best in the business and is an expert at pinning his opponents inside the 20-yard line. Mannelly seems to never make a mistake and puts his long snaps on the money time after time.
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