Alex Brown's inevitable departure making headlines in Chicago, this is a clear sign that Peppers will be lining up at the right defensive end position in 2010. Typically in a 4-3 defense, you want your best pass rusher at right end because that's the blind side for your standard right-handed quarterback.
Status Update: While coach Lovie Smith originally said the two-time All-Pro may get some snaps at right and left end, Peppers should be the full-time right end now.
Status Update: With Adewale Ogunleye officially an ex-Bear, Idonije looks like the leading candidate to start at left defensive end opposite Peppers.
Status Update: He failed miserably as a starter in 2007, so unless the Bears make that same mistake again, expect Anderson to be a rotation guy and get nearly as many snaps as Idonije.
Status Update: With Tommie Harris only capable of being effective for 55-60 percent of the action, the Bears need someone to give him a breather without too much of a drop-off. Can Gilbert play this scheme's most pivotal position? Time will tell.
Status Update: Still on the outside looking from a playing-time perspective, what the Bears ultimately decide to do with Melton will no doubt hinge on Gilbert's progress.
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