Projecting Bears' 53-man roster

Our full projections as to the final 53-man roster with which the Chicago Bears will head into Week 1 of the regular season.

Chicago Bears Depth Chart - 2014
Regular Offense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
WRBrandon MarshallMarquess WilsonJosh Morgan
TEMartellus BennettDante Rosario
LTJermon BushrodDennis Roland
LGMatt Slauson
CRoberto GarzaBrian de la Puente
RGKyle LongMichael Ola
RTJordan MillsEben Britton
WRAlshon JefferySantonio HolmesJosh BellamyMicheal Spurlock
QBJay CutlerJimmy Clausen
FBTony Fiammetta
HBMatt ForteKa'Deem CareySenorise Perry
Base 4-3 Defense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
LDELamarr HoustonWilllie YoungDavid Bass
LDTJeremiah RatliffWill Sutton
RDTStephen PaeaEgo Ferguson
RDEJared AllenTrevor ScottAusten Lane
WLBLance BriggsKhaseem Greene
MLBD.J. WilliamsJon BosticJerry Franklin
SLBShea McClellinChristian Jones
CBTim JenningsKyle FullerSherrick McManis
SSRyan MundyBrock Vereen
FSChris ConteDanny McCray
CBCharles TillmanKelvin HaydenAl Louis-Jean
Special Teams
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
KRobbie Gould
PPatrick O'Donnell
PRSantonio Holmes
KRMicheal Spurlock
LSBrandon Hartson

BUBBLE PLAYERS

WR Chris Williams, CB Demontre Hurst, CB C.J. Wilson, T Charles Leno Jr., C Taylor Boggs, DE Cornelius Washington, S M.D. Jennings, RB Shaun Draughn.

Williams did not shine as a kick returner and his size could make him an injury risk. Still, he's lightning fast and could be a big boost to the return game if he can stay healthy.

Leno Jr., the club's seventh-round pick, was solid in camp and could very well get the final OL roster spot over Roland.

Washington came on late in the preseason and has improved from his disappointing rookie campaign. If the Bears want to get a little younger on defense, they'll keep Washington over Lane.

M.D. Jennings makes the team only if Chris Conte isn't ready to suit up. Yet even that seems unlikely, as Jennings is just another guy.

Draughn could very easily beat out Perry for the No. 3 RB role. I chose Perry because he's younger and has return experience, yet Draughn may make the roster due to his NFL experience and his ability in pass protection.


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.

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