|Offense||21st||115.9 (11th)||228.8 (23rd)|
|Defense||14th||120.9 (21st)||224.6 (4th)|
|38||Amos, Adrian||FS||6-0||218||4/29/1993||2||Penn State|
|58||Anderson, Jonathan||OLB||6-1||231||10/27/1991||2||Texas Christian|
|24||Ball, Alan (FA)||CB||6-2||195||3/29/1985||9||Illinois|
|57||Barrow, Lamin||LB||6-1||237||11/29/1990||3||Louisiana State|
|Bausby, DeVante||CB||6-1||177||1/15/1993||1||Pittsburg State|
|71||Becton, Nick||T||6-6||323||2/11/1990||4||Virginia Tech|
|Bellard, Adrian||T||6-5||344||8/7/1994||R||Texas State|
|Bolden, Omar||DB||5-10||195||12/20/1988||5||Arizona State|
|Braverman, Daniel||WR||5-10||177||9/28/1993||R||Western Michigan|
|Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||230||7/5/1990||5||San Diego State|
|Bush, Deon||SAF||6-0||199||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Calhoun, Taveze||CB||6-0||192||12/26/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|Duncan, Kieren||WR||5-11||170||10/12/1993||R||Colorado State-Pueblo|
|Edison, Cornelius||C||6-3||307||7/10/1993||1||Portland State|
|73||Fabuluje, Tayo||T||6-6||342||7/17/1991||2||Texas Christian|
|12||Fales, David||QB||6-1||219||10/4/1990||2||San Jose State|
|95||Ferguson, Ego||DE||6-2||300||9/22/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|Freeman, Jerrell||LB||6-0||240||5/1/1986||5||Mary Hardin-Baylor|
|23||Fuller, Kyle||CB||5-11||190||2/16/1992||3||Virginia Tech|
|Glenn, Jacoby||CB||6-0||179||8/4/1993||2||Central Florida|
|91||Goldman, Eddie||NT||6-3||332||1/6/1994||2||Florida State|
|9||Gould, Robbie||K||6-0||185||12/6/1981||12||Penn State|
|Grace, Jarrett||LB||6-2||254||//||R||Notre Dame|
|Hall, Deiondre'||CB||6-2||199||//||R||Northern Iowa|
|Hicks, Akiem||DE||6-5||324||11/16/1989||5||Regina (Canada)|
|88||Housler, Rob||TE||6-5||250||3/17/1988||6||Florida Atlantic|
|Houston-Carson, DeAndre||FS||6-1||201||//||R||William & Mary|
|Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||8||Michigan State|
|17||Jeffery, Alshon||WR||6-3||216||2/14/1990||5||South Carolina|
|59||Jones, Christian||ILB||6-3||248||2/18/1991||3||Florida State|
|Kwiatkoski, Nick||ILB||6-2||243||5/26/1993||R||West Virginia|
|33||Langford, Jeremy||RB||6-0||208||12/6/1991||2||Michigan State|
|Larsen, Ted||C||6-2||305||6/13/1987||7||North Carolina State|
|Lasike, Paul||RB||5-11||232||6/18/1990||1||Brigham Young|
|LeCompte, Ben||P||5-10||196||2/1/1993||R||North Dakota State|
|Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||235||1/16/1992||2||Bowie State|
|72||Leno, Charles||T||6-3||302||10/9/1991||3||Boise State|
|36||Martin, Sherrod (FA)||DB||6-1||200||10/12/1984||7||Troy|
|92||McPhee, Pernell||OLB||6-3||275||12/17/1988||6||Mississippi State|
|81||Meredith, Cameron||WR||6-3||207||9/21/1992||2||Illinois State|
|64||Montgomery, Will (FA)||C||6-3||304||2/13/1983||11||Virginia Tech|
|21||Mundy, Ryan (FA)||SS||6-1||209||2/11/1985||8||West Virginia|
|16||O'Donnell, Pat||P||6-4||220||2/22/1991||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Peterson, Kevin||CB||5-10||181||3/22/1994||R||Oklahoma State|
|Ramirez, Manny||G||6-3||325||2/19/1983||10||Texas Tech|
|Robertson-Harris, Roy||DL||6-7||255||7/23/1993||R||Texas-El Paso|
|35||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||199||2/6/1990||6||Oregon State|
|26||Rolle, Antrel (FA)||SS||6-0||206||12/16/1982||12||Miami (Fla.)|
|19||Royal, Eddie||WR||5-10||185||5/21/1986||9||Virginia Tech|
|48||Scales, Patrick||LS||6-4||244||2/11/1988||1||Utah State|
|84||Sinclair, Gannon||TE||6-6||256||2/5/1993||1||Missouri State|
|70||Smith, D'Anthony (FA)||DT||6-2||300||6/9/1988||6||Louisiana Tech|
|93||Sutton, Will||DE||6-0||303||10/3/1991||3||Arizona State|
|78||Weaver, Jason||OL||6-5||305||4/12/1989||2||Southern Mississippi|
|13||White, Kevin||WR||6-3||215||6/25/1992||2||West Virginia|
|Whitehair, Cody||G||6-3||300||7/11/1992||R||Kansas State|
|79||Williams, Terry||DT||6-0||329||4/15/1992||1||East Carolina|
|10||Wilson, Marquess||WR||6-4||199||9/14/1992||4||Washington State|
|97||Young, Willie||OLB||6-4||251||9/19/1985||7||North Carolina State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Blanchard was on the practice squads of the Bears and Panthers in 2012-13 and spent all of last year on the Panthers' injured reserve list after suffering a concussion during a preseason game.
Blanchard worked out for the Packers and coach Mike McCarthy last week. Green Bay has not re-signed No. 2 quarterback Matt Flynn.
Lee served as the Bears' No. 2 tight end for the contest, after Martellus Bennett (ribs) was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Despite the upgrade, Lee failed to see much involvement in the offense, which will likely remain the case for what's left of the season.
The Bears are 6-point underdogs for Sunday's game.
Young saw his streak of five consecutive games with a sack come to an end last week against the Buccaneers, but he'll attempt to end the season on a high note Sunday. The rib injury limited him in his two practice appearances this week, however, which could result in a smaller snap count.
Houston-Carson struggled at the Combine, posting numbers well below the average for all of the vertical, broad jump, and agility drills. He was very effective at William & Mary, however, so he should get a real shot at least as a strong safety.
Freeman fought through multiple injuries last season and was still able to break the 100-tackle mark for the third time in his career. He'll join a Bears inside linebacker corps that was barren last season and should be expected to start, so good tackle numbers should again be in his future.
Royal's absence will give quarterback Jay Cutler few options to work with in the passing game, as Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Martellus Bennett (ribs) on injured reserve and Zach Miller (toe) ruled out. It's expected that Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy will serve as the two starting wideouts, but neither makes for a strong fantasy play.
After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 20, Iupati will wait another week to make his Cardinals debut. In his place, Ted Larsen will again start at left guard.
Floyd carries tantalizing upside as a pass rusher, but his ability to defend the run is one of his biggest question marks. By getting him into an NFL strength program, the team will try to get him to add power while maintaining his explosive athleticism. Based on the results that the team eventually has in transforming Floyd's body will dictate whether he's used in a situational or full-time role.
With Pernell McPhee (knee) sitting out the contest, Willie Young and Sam Acho received the starts at the two outside linebacker spots, but it was Houston who provided the greatest impact of the trio. Even while coming off the bench, Houston (52 snaps) still outpaced Acho (32) for playing time, and that arrangement should continue to hold while Houston continues to produce. A massive bust a season ago, Houston seems to have gotten comfortable with his role as a pass-rushing 3-4 linebacker, as he's accrued five of his sacks on the season in the last six games.
Although he struggled when pressed into duty at cornerback this past season, McManis has developed into an above-average special teamer, boasting 55 tackles in that department over the course of four campaigns with the Bears. Unless injuries befall the secondary again, expect McManis to log most of his snaps on kick and punt returns yet again.
Hurst recorded 35 tackles and one interception in 2014.
“It’s a blessing to be where I started and get to be with a different set of coaches but still with the same teammates," Hurst said. "I’m just happy to be back with the guys. They pretty much helped me throughout the season last year to keep growing with them.”
Wilson's foot injury proves season-ending, and leaves an already beat-up group of Chicago pass catchers even thinner. Wilson heads into his contract year with a modest but efficient total of 28 catches for 464 yards and one touchdown on 51 targets (9.1 YPT).
After notching three tackles in four games, Ferguson was placed on season-ending injured reserve in October due to a nagging knee injury. Thus, his ban won't kick in until he's healthy enough to take the field during the 2016 campaign.
Timu ascended into the starting lineup over the final three games of the season and was able to make the most of the opportunity, recording 23 tackles. While Shea McClellin looks like a strong candidate to return as a starter at one of the middle linebacker spots in 2016, the remaining spot could be up for grabs between Timu, Christian Jones, and any other candidates the front office may elect to bring in this offseason.
The 33 made field goals were a club record, breaking Gould's own mark of 32 set in the 2006 season. Despite that achievement, the season still seemed like a disappointment for Gould, who missed critical field-goal attempts in eventual losses to the 49ers and Redskins in Weeks 13 and 14 that effectively quashed the Bears' slim playoff hopes. However, given his strong overall body of work since joining the Bears, Gould should retain plenty of job security heading into 2016.
The Broncos profited from their investment in the 2012 sixth-round pick, culminating in a victory in Super Bowl 50. In two of his four seasons in Denver, he reached the 100-tackle threshold, while adding five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one defensive touchdown across 50 games. Expect Trevathan to lock down one of the starting spots at inside linebacker upon joining the Bears.
Although Jeremy Langford is penciled in as the Bears starting running back for 2016, Carey had at least seven carries in four different games while Forte struggled with injuries last season. Although Carey didn't post more than 56 yards in any game, he did average 4.01 yards per carry, so it's possible he can earn a significant portion of early-down work in the Bears backfield.
Sutton's stat line was almost identical to what he posted a season earlier as a rookie (22 tackles, two passes defensed in 15 games). The defensive lineman is still looking for his first career sack, and doesn't figure to offer much production in that category while the Bears continue to utilize him primarily as a 3-4 end.
Montgomery, who signed a one-year contract with the Bears this offseason due in large part with his familiarity with coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase from his days in Denver, started the first four games at center for the Bears.
Cutler had seven multi-interception games in 2014, but it took him until his 15th game of the year in 2015 to have such a performance. Even with a terrible ending to the year, Cutler set a new career high in QB rating this season under new offensive coordinator Adam Gase. With Gase expected to be a hot head-coaching candidate in the coming weeks, whether Cutler takes another step toward his skills' promise next season may depend on how the coaching carousel shakes out.
Meanwhile, while the voluntary portion of the Bears' offseason program continues, Pace noted that Jeffery has been training in Florida. Given that Jeffery has already signed his franchise-tag tender with the Bears, his current absence from Halas Hall isn't really ominous and the wideout should be back with the team no later than June 14, when the Bears' mandatory minicamp begins.
Selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Hicks started 30 games between 2013 and 2014, but he was then traded to the Patriots after Week 3 last season. He had 21 tackles and three sacks in 13 games for New England, bringing his career totals to 141 takedowns and 9.5 sacks in 61 appearances. Though unlikely to warrant IDP consideration, Hicks could compete for a starting job in Chicago.
Hall is a huge corner with an enormous reach (34 and 3/8-inch arms), and his combination of explosiveness (127-inch broad jump) and quickness (4.06-second 20-yard shuttle) give him a chance to stick as an outside NFL corner despite below average speed (4.68-second 40-yard dash).
Housler signed with the Bears in December of last year, paving the way for him to actually start Chicago's season finale in wake of injuries at tight end. While Martellus Bennett could depart Chicago this offseason, Zach Miller remains to block Housler's path to playing time in 2016.
After an up-and-down rookie season, Fuller regressed a little bit as a sophomore, finishing with nine fewer tackles and two fewer interceptions. The Bears spent a first-round draft pick on Fuller in 2014 with the belief that he'd be a strong successor to Charles Tillman, but Fuller will need to demonstrate some progress in 2016 if he hopes to cement himself as a part of the team's long-term outlook.
Antrel Rolle remains sidelined with an ankle injury, allowing the undrafted rookie to see additional defensive snaps. Jones-Quartey finished with a modest four tackles in the Week 5 win over the Chiefs, and he'll probably need to double that output over a span of multiple weeks before he gains much traction as an IDP option.
Pace also talked about Bullard's "get off," and sees advantages that the rookie can add to the defense by adding pressure off the edge. Currently, Eddie Goldman is set to start at nose tackle with Akiem Hicks starting at defensive end, so the rookie is expected to be a rotational player in sub packages, which the team operated out of about 60 percent of their defensive snaps last year. As a senior, Bullard showed his big-play ability, as he posted 6.5 sacks along with 17.5 tackles for loss as a 3-technique, and was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
Amos was able to beat out Brock Vereen for a starting job at safety and held on to the role all season, but rarely provided much of an impact beyond his tackle totals. He failed to produce a single turnover, and the lack of pass breakups suggest that he didn't really possess much of a nose for the ball. The Bears may look to upgrade their secondary during the offseason, which may spell trouble for Amos.
Releasing Rolle saves the Bears $3 million against their 2016 salary cap, with the move made more feasible after the team took safeties Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson in the recently-completed NFL Draft. The 33-year-old Rolle was limited to seven games and 35 tackles in his one and only season with the Bears in 2015.
Included is fourth-rounder Jeremy Langford, a running back who rushed for 1,522 yards and 22 touchdowns for Michigan State last season. Safety and fifth-rounder Adrian Amos, as well as 353-pound offensive tackle and sixth-rounder Tayo Fabuluje are also in the fold.
Fales was promoted to the active roster earlier this season when Jay Cutler was injured. This time around, Fales' activation is the result of his team's decision to move on from backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Though highly unproven, Fales probably can't be any worse than his former teammate.
Martin, who was cut by the Bears in training camp, re-signed with the team after Antrel Rolle suffered a foot injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders. If Rolle is unavailable for Week 5, Martin or backup Harold Jones-Quartey could see the start at strong safety.
Hoyer was waiting out the 2016 NFL Draft before deciding on his fifth NFL destination, and he wasted no time by agreeing to terms with the Bears on Saturday evening. After starting 11 games in Houston last season, the 30-year-old will serve as a backup to Jay Cutler in 2016.
After not playing since Week 7 of the 2011 campaign, Miller had a career-year with the Bears last year as a 31-year-old. Although he hadn't seen more than 2 targets in a game through Week 8, he finished the year being targeted at least six times in five of six games to end the year. Overall, he's posted 35 or more receiving yards eight times in his 48-game career, but five of those efforts came in the second half of the 2015 season. If he can stay healthy, he should continue to be a trusted weapon for Jay Cutler and a very intriguing fantasy option in 2016.
Meredith, an undrafted rookie out of Illinois State, was a pleasant surprise early on after cracking the roster out of training camp. After he was inactive for the season opener, Meredith saw 10 targets in the following four games, reeling in seven for catches. However, Meredith saw his role decline down the stretch once the Bears' wideout corps got a bit healthier, and may have difficulty cracking the Bears' roster next fall.
The defections from head coach John Fox's previous employer, the Broncos, continue, as Bolden is the fourth such player to move from Denver to Chicago this offseason. In four seasons in the Mile-High City, Bolden served primarily on special teams, racking up 27 tackles in that domain while returning at least 13 kickoffs on three occasions. Expect him to serve in a similar capacity with the Bears.
Mariani played in all 16 games for the Bears last season, recording 22 receptions for 300 yards. He also had 29 punt returns for 192 yards as well as 16 kickoff returns for 418 yards. The specifics of the deal have yet to be announced.
Prosinski wasn't much of a factor in his first season with the Bears, accruing 31 tackles (25 solo) while picking up a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He'll likely continue to chip in as secondary depth, with the Bears already set to start promising rookie Adrian Amos and a likely full healthy Antrel Rolle (knee) at their respective safety positions.
Rodgers missed most of the 2015 season, as he was placed on injured-reserve with a broken arm. During the five games he played last year, he had 14 carries for 41 yards along with one reception for 10 yards. He'll likely provide backfield depth behind Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey.
The Bears offered Bellamy, an exclusive rights free agent, a contract, which ensures he'll don dark navy and orange in the fall. Corralling the first balls of his career in 2015 due to the banged-up nature of the receiving corps, he's primarily served in a special-teams role and even ranked second on the team with 10 tackles this past season. After Alshon Jeffery received the franchise tag last week, Bellamy still has many hurdles to pass in order to make an impact as a wideout in Chicago.
One week after being made a healthy inactive, Jones will return to active duty in a starting role, which had been the case in the prior 13 games he'd appeared in. The second-year linebacker hasn't quite met expectations this season, but he's still been a serviceable week-to-week source for tackles, logging 5.8 stops per game.
The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years. Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.
Not so fast.
Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.
"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."
Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.
Kwiatkoski (6-foot-2, 239 pounds) projects as an inside linebacker in Chicago's 3-4, though with standout veterans Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan locked into the starting roles, Kwiatkoski will mostly contribute on special teams early in his career. Kwiatkoski is a good athlete for a linebacker and should eventually fit in well on the weak side after logging 86 tackles (10 for a loss) for West Virginia in 2015.
Acho will remain in Chicago after posting 39 tackles in 15 games for the Bears last season. While the presence of fellow defenders Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young blocks Acho path to consistent snaps, his experience should add depth to the Bears' linebacking corp once again.
Langford rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season, but his 3.6 yards per carry marks a concern as the Bears plan to replace long-time standout Matt Forte this year. While Langford, who also struggled after contact and had numerous drops, goes into OTAs as Chicago's first-string tailback, teammates Ka'Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers and enticing rookie Jordan Horward are expected to push him for touches. In the end, coach John Fox says the team will divide the workload until someone gets in a rhythm, at which point that player will see the greatest involvement.
It's the first time all season White has been inactive. He's a healthy scratch despite starting nine games and racking up 52 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack.
After missing virtually the entire offseason as a rookie in 2015, the No. 7 pick in last year's draft will be the equivalent of a rookie in 2016. At his best, he's an athletic freak, 6-3, 215, and he ran a 4.35 40 at the Combine while posting impressive vertical leap and broad jump numbers. The concern all along was that he didn't become a major factor until his senior year in college. With the Bears, he'll have the advantage of running routes across the field from Alshon Jeffery, who will typically draw a top cornerback and potential double-coverage. White's in a great situation, but is certainly a player to watch throughout camp.
Porter signed a minimum-salary deal with the team in 2015 and made 13 starts while recording a team-high 22 pass break ups. For now, he's penciled in to start at cornerback across from Kyle Fuller, and Porter will look to improve on his one interception last season.
The rookie defensive tackle and former second-round pick notched 4.5 sacks in 15 games throughout the season before the severely sprained ankle suffered in Week 16 forced the Bears to shut him down for the year. With Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) also headed to IR, the team signed defensive linemen Terry Williams and Greg Scruggs on Wednesday.
Punter Pat O'Donnell did some placekicking Tuesday, reports the Chicago Tribune.
McPhee had five sacks in the Bears first seven games last season before missing two games and missing significant snaps in the last six games he played due to the knee injury. If he can remain healthy in 2016, he should continue to not only pressure the quarterback, but also be an asset against the run.
The groin injury limited Ball throughout practice this week, but it was likely the case where the Bears just wanted to preserve his health in advance of the Week 5 tilt. Ball saw his snap count drop significantly a week ago, as it appears Tracy Porter has now passed him up on the depth chart and taken his starting role.
Both of Thompson's two catches on the season went for huge yardage, but those opportunities only came because the top four wideouts on the depth chart -- Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Kevin White, and Marquess Wilson -- all missed time in the second half of the year. Thompson also served as the Bears' kick returner during his stint with the club, where he posted an impressive average of 29.2 yards per return. His success on that front may be enough for him to retain a roster spot with the Bears in 2016, though he'll still need to turn in a strong training camp.
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