Quarterback Position: According to Bears General Manager Ryan Pace, Mike Glennon is still the starting quarterback. The pressure is higher than ever for Glennon knowing that the Bears drafted their future quarterback with the number 2 pick in the NFL draft. The margin of error is slimmer for Glennon. Mark Sanchez will probably enter the season as the backup QB. Connor Shaw is also currently on the roster and the Bears number 2 draft pick Mitch Trubisky is also on the roster. It’s very likely that Connor Shaw will get cut. He could beat our Sanchez, but Sanchez received a $1 million guaranteed in his contract.
Running Back Position: Jordan Howard is still the starter, and he enters the season as the Bears’ top RB. Jeremy Langford who had a tough 2nd season in the NFL due to an ankle injury will probably be the backup RB. Bears also had Ka’Deem Carey and Benny Cunningham. Carey has been with the team since 2014 and is also a player that’s on the special teams. Cunningham who signed in March will be involved in the kickoff return. Tarik Cohen, the team’s fourth-round pick, is a very interesting player and will probably have the biggest impact on Carey.
Fullback Position: Undrafted rookie Freddie Stevenson will be Paul Lasike’s backup, but don’t be surprised to see Stevenson take over Lasike’s job.
Wide Receiver Position: No more Alshon Jeffery as he signed a contract with the Eagles. Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright are the top four wideouts for the Bears. Eddie Royal is still on the roster, but is likely gonna get cut. Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, Daniel Braverman and Rueben Randle are the other Wide receivers.
Tight End position: Zach Miller who was the starter last season has plenty of competition this year. Miller is currently rehabbing from a second Lisfranc fracture in four years. Bears signed Dion Sims this offseason to starter’s money with a three-year, $18 million deal. At the NFL draft, the Bears used their second-round pick on tight end Adam Shaheen. Other tight ends on the Bears roster include Ben Braunecker, Daniel Brown, and MyCole Pruitt.
offensive tackle position: Bobby Massie looks to be a starter going into the upcoming season. Bears did draft guard Jordan Morgan. Bears also signed Bradley Sowell last week signed last week who started nine games for Seattle last season. Bears also signed Tom Compton, who has played in 60 career games with 10 starts.
offensive Guard/ Center: The starters are set: Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair, Josh Sitton. This is the strongest position for the Bears. There backups also have starting experience in Eric Kush and Hroniss Grasu.
Defensive Line: Bears have Akiem Hicks who was the Bears’ best UFA bargain of 2016. Bears also have Mitch Unrein, Jonathan Bullard, Eddie Goldman and Jaye Howard. If Howard stays healthy, don’t be surprised to see him start of Goldman.
Linebacker Position: Bears didn’t draft a linebacker in the NFL draft and signed veteran LB Dan Skutam who played for Vic Fangio in 2014 in San Francisco. Danny Trevathan is recovering from a torn patella tendon. Nick Kwiatkoski will probably step in for Trevathan. Bears have a good amount of edge rushers in Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee, Willie Young, and Lamarr Houston.
Cornerback Position: This offseason the Bears signed Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara to starter’s contracts. Other cornerback’s on the roster are Cre’Von LeBlanc, Bryce Callahan, Kyle Fuller, Jonathan Banks, and B.W. Webb. It’s going to be quite the competition for playing time and roster spots at the comeback position.
Safety position: The Bears drafted DB Eddie Jackson in Round 4 of the draft, and he’s coming off a broken leg. Adrian Amos, Deon Bush and Harold Jones-Quartey will all compete to start next to Quintin Demps, The rookie Jackson is not expected to be a Day One starter but you never know.
Special teams: Bears 4th round pick Eddie Jackson is going to be an option in the return game. RB Tarik Cohen may also get some looks in the return game, too, as it is going to be a wide-open competition. Utah placekicker Andy Phillips, who was 21-of-25 last season for Utah and a Lou Groza semifinalist has reportedly signed with the Bears. He could put some pressure on current starting kicker Connor Barth.