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Bears Reveal Depth Chart; Hester And Williams Top Two Receivers

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QB: Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie, Nathan Enderle

RB: Matt Forte, Chester Taylor, Marion Barber

FB: Eddie Williams, Will Ta’ufo’ou

WR: Roy Williams, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, Dane Sanzenbacher, Sam Hurd

TE: Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth, Desmond Clark

OT: J’Marcus Webb, Gabe Carimi, Frank Omiyale

G: Chris Williams, Lance Louis, Edwin Williams

C: Roberto Garza, Chris Spencer


DE: Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, Corey Wootton, Vernon Gholston

DT: Henry Melton, Anthony Adams, Matt Toeaina, Stephen Paea, Amobi Okoye, Marcus Harrison

SLB: Nick Roach, J.T. Thomas

MLB: Brian Urlacher, Dom DeCicco

WLB: Lance Briggs, Brian Iwuh

CB: Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Zackary Bowman, Corey Graham, D.J. Moore, Joshua Moore

FS: Major Wright, Chris Conte

SS: Chris Harris, Craig Steltz


K: Robbie Gould

P: Adam Podlesh

KR: Devin Hester, Johnny Knox

PR: Devin Hester, Earl Bennett

LS: Patrick Mannelly

Seven thoughts on depth chart:

  • Hester ahead of Knox means nothing.  Bears will often utilize three-receiver sets.  Both Devin and Johnny are interchangeable parts in the slot.
  • I see both Sanzenbacher and Hurd making the final 53-man roster.  Team will keep six wide receivers; no fullbacks.
  • Marion Barber has more life running the football than Chester Taylor.  This means more touches for Barber and less for Taylor.
  • Offensive line, linebacker and safety positions have extremely weak depth.  Are we going to re-sign Pisa and find another veteran OL?  I’m confident in free safety Chris Conte, who’s going to see significant playing time as a rookie.
  • Why is Jennings ahead of Bowman?  I prefer the taller, stronger defensive back.  Looks like Corey Graham is going to see some time at CB – good idea.  Six corners will be kept; only four safeties.
  • Does Adams’ injury mean Marcus Harrison stays?  I hope not.  I rather keep an extra skill-position player over Harrison.
  • Earl Bennett is the best fourth-receiver in the NFL, hands down, no contest.


  1. bob

    August 11, 2011 at 2:06 am

    (WR)- excited about Hester more active role dudes a playmaker put the ball in his hands, Roy nice pick up size pick up knows system should do well in it plus he lights fire under already motivated Knox by stealing his spot, Bennett sure hands, all should have good years
    (LB)- Roach deserves his chance, still kinda wish we made a move for one of the studs availible earlier in FA, prob sign Pisa if he healthy enough, Dom and JT both rookies and Dom is a safety in transition idk if u can even call that depth, who else can we grab at this point?
    (OL)- Glad Tice put starters together promptly, also think Garza at center is best current option cuz line needs to rally around him now, plus my boy Lance snuck in there, he and BearJew gonna pave running lanes, what about Spencer? Linnenkohl sticking around as center of the future? OL doesnt seem a priority for Angelo as it has been mostly ignored so thinking thats it for moves, is McKinnie still out there?
    (DL)- looks Pimp! Okoye, Vernon good picks ups, Paea good draft pick, Adams good resign, Peppers Izzy and Melton tough, plus Toeina, all gonna make rest of ‘D’ look better, I predicting lots of sacks for team spread out individually tho
    (RB)- get the Forte deal done he deserves it and don’t need distraction plus would help gain some faith in management after Kruetz debacle, Barber gonna steal most Chester carries if he can get pass protect and catch out of backfield
    (S)- i like major and conte, get deal with Harris done too, Steltz just sticks around lol
    (CB)- Jennings weak link if Bowman can tackle get him in there, Why we pass on Hayden? but have depth with Bowman, the Moores and Graham, somebody gotta steal that spot from Jennings
    (TE) Davis big body and can move catch, Spaeth big and tall and I could see him making some sneaky Redzone catches, desmond versatile, all are big and can block well, Olsen was great but was a bit of blocking liability and underused so im glad we got a decent round pick for him and didnt overpay to keep him

  2. Russ Loede

    August 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    WR – you know Martz will call up four-wide, so, Knox/Bennett will see the field. And as for Dane, he is going to impress. Not only make the team, but give us this Mike Furrey/Ricky Proehl/Austin Collie-esque performance. In this offense, he’s money! Pure gold!

    LB – wouldn’t mind bringing back former Bear Jamar Williams.

    OL – McKinnie was around 386 pounds. Spencer will eventually get into the swing of things. More than anything, I’m concerned with Webb at left tackle.

    DL – biggest strength on the entire roster. We go far, it’s because of the d-line.

    RB – if Barber does little things right, he will acquire Taylor’s workload.

    S – we better stay healthy. I don’t want to see Steltz other than on ST.

    CB – injury issues with Hayden. I’ve always been a big fan of playing Graham at corner. I think we’re more than fine. Bowman will return to ’09 level.

    TE – Kellen and Spaeth are big, run-blocking tight ends; what we need.

  3. bob

    August 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    agreed on all, looking forward to some action on Saturday

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