1. Collins is going to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Cutler
Even if Hanie deserves to be the No. 2, and he does since that was his job last year and he did nothing to lose it aside from getting hurt, Collins is the dictionary definition of the aforementioned "veteran backup" and will probably get the call if something were to happen to Cutler.
2. Gilbert and Melton may have done enough to stick around
The Bears would likely have to keep 10 defensive linemen in order for both Gilbert and Melton to make the roster, as Anthony Adams, Mark Anderson, Tommie Harris, Marcus Harrison, Israel Idonije, Julius Peppers, Matt Toeaina and Corey Wootton all look to be locks, although it wouldn't be a total shock if either Harrison or Toeaina got pink-slipped.
3. There is room for the tight end in Martz's passing game
Olsen's one grab Thursday at Cleveland resulted in an easy score from 15 yards out when he put the shimmy-shake on a linebacker, and catches like that should become all the more routine with Cutler and his big arm under center instead of the soft-tossing Collins.
4. Defending short and intermediate passes will be a problem
Coach Lovie Smith's scheme is designed to make 10- and 12-play drives difficult to manufacture, but right now Chicago is allowing the sticks to be moved too often with low-risk passes that afford run-after-the-catch opportunities.
5. Special teams to be the measure for on-the-bubble players
While Garrett Wolfe will surely never be as good of a tailback as Juaquin Iglesias is as a receiver, Wolfe has a better chance of keeping his locker at Halas Hall because of his value on the coverage units – Iglesias, despite his talent, has never carved out a special-teams role for himself.
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