2018 Chicago Bears Depth Chart
|Quarterback||Mitch Trubisky||Chase Daniel|
|Running Back||Jordan Howard||Tarik Cohen||Benny Cunningham|
|Left Wide Receiver||Allen Robinson||Kevin White||Javon Wims|
|Right Wide Receiver||Taylor Gabriel||Anthony Miller||Josh Bellamy|
|Tight End||Trey Burton||Dion Sims||Ben Braunecker|
|Full Back||Mike Burton|
|Left Tackle||Charles Leno Jr.||Bradley Sowell|
|Left Guard||Eric Kush||James Daniels|
|Center||Cody Whitehair||James Daniels|
|Right Guard||Kyle Long||James Daniels|
|Right Tackle||Bobby Massie||Rashaad Coward|
The Bears surprised most of the NFL last season when they selected Mitchell Trubisky with the first overall pick in the draft. Just a year removed from the Trubisky selection, the Browns selected Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, distancing the memory between pick and organization. These selections often come deep within the management team and have gone through many different scenario simulations. Chicago likes the prospect they have in Trubisky, who saw time as a starter halfway through this past season. He showed the tangibles in areas which he excels, but also showed areas for improvement. This was the focal point for the discussions surrounding the team this off-season.
Trubisky was forced into a role that saw little to work with in the production department. The team had just gotten rid of Alshon Jeffrey, severely depleting the receiving core. Kevin White was the highest drafted player on the roster, but last season represented his first full season in terms of body of work. This didn’t translate well into a productive season, but it was the necessary time spent on the field that White needed to gain within this system. Other free-agents filled out the pool of weapons, which didn’t equate to enough reliability for Trubisky to locate. This off-season the team looked to change that stance. They started the free-agency period by bringing in Allen Robinson out of Jacksonville. Robinson spent the last season rehabbing from injury, so the contract grab was a relatively low cap hit for the Bears. Robinson has put in multiple 1,000-yard seasons in Jacksonville, applying that number one target role for Trubisky to hook-up with. The team also brought in Trey Burton at the tight end position. Adam Sheehan was a nice value play for the team last season, hoisting numbers that were similar to Burton. The pairing will create lanes from both sides and have proven they can be effective in the run-blocking schemes.
The offense was blessed with the production of running backs last season. Jordan Howard headlined the rushing attack and his play was mirrored by draft pick, Tarik Cohen. Cohen helped spell Howard from longer drives and heavy workloads, causing defenses to have fits with his bursts of speed and agile cuts. These two compliment each other nicely and they are both young talents. They have many years of work left in them and it will be exciting to see how the team caters to feature these two backs in their offense this season.
The team was also able to work a deal that finally inked their first-round draft pick, Roquan Smith. Smith will be instantly placed within a starting role at linebacker. It is still unknown as to side considerations, but his impact will be something the team desperately needs. The defense continues to build through a young core of players. Leonard Floyd should feature a more consistent term of play this season with the addition of Smith. The secondary also retained Kyler Fuller, which was a contract dispute waiting to happen if the team hadn’t matched the offer sheet Green Bay posted. The defense is young, but they are poised for breakout.
This season should see a more consistent offense for the team. They have already established their rushing attack, but now is the time for the offense to follow suit. Placing Trubisky within the starting role last season proved to be a move that bodes well for this season. The roster additions favor a young passer and the increase in number of targets gives the opportunity for the players to build rapport with one another. This season will be centered around the offense’s ability to continuous string together long drives. Keeping the defense off the field for as long as possible will help bring consistency to the time when they are forced into action. The young core of the defense bodes well to hanging on in all contest types, with stamina becoming an afterthought. The team will need to excel in terms of scoring on offense and limiting the penetration of the pass on defense. The future is bright for this young team, but the pieces that have been placed will have to perform at high levels in order to reach the post-season or achieve a winning record in 2018.