|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|
|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|
|Braverman, Daniel||WR||5-10||177||9/28/1993||R||Western Michigan|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||230||7/5/1990||5||San Diego State|
|Bush, Deon||SAF||6-0||199||8/14/1993||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|
|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|
|50||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|
|39||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||10/8/1992||R||Notre Dame|
|Hall, Deiondre'||CB||6-2||199||5/31/1994||R||Northern Iowa|
|72||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||4/13/1993||R||William & Mary|
|7||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|
|Keaton, Derek||WR||5-10||180||4/10/1994||R||Georgia Southern|
|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|
|62||Larsen, Ted||C||6-2||305||6/13/1987||7||North Carolina State|
|34||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|
|82||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|9||Shaw, Connor||QB||6-1||210||9/19/1991||2||South Carolina|
|66||Silatolu, Amini||G||6-4||320||9/16/1988||5||Midwestern State|
|84||Sinclair, Gannon||TE||6-6||256||2/5/1993||1||Missouri State|
|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|
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.
Lotulelei was the only player ruled out prior to Saturday. Klein was listed as questionable coming into the game due to an ankle issue. The other five players listed as considered healthy scratches.
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.
With the Bears having spent the ninth pick of the 2016 draft to select Floyd, the team has the expectation that he'll contribute immediately as a pass rusher. His performance in minicamp indicates that the rookie could flourish in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's defense, especially since Fangio had success getting production out of fast, but undersized pass rushers, while he was coaching the 49ers. He'll be a player to watch closely when training camp opens for the Bears next month, especially in terms of his potential role for the upcoming season.
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.”
Per the report, Wilson -- who missed the last five games of the 2015 season after breaking the same foot -- will undergo surgery this coming Monday and is thus a candidate to open the season on the PUP list. With Wilson ailing, look for Eddie Royal, Josh Bellamy and Marc Mariani, as well as Cameron Meredith, Daniel Braverman and Deonte Thompson to jostle for slotting on the Bears' wideout depth chart behind top options Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White.
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.
The Bears' staff wants Carey to become tougher and more energetic so that he becomes a more complete back. He'll have a great opportunity to carve out a role, as head coach John Fox wants to limit the workload of his running backs while employing the hot hand approach. With no player in the backfield seeming to have a death grip on any particular role, Carey can force his way into the mix with a strong training camp.
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.
Howard is the biggest of the Bears current running backs, and he's seen as a great fit in short yardage and goal line situations by the coaching staff. In addition, head coach John Fox is looking to limit the workload of his running backs, and seems intent to rely on the hot hand approach. Howard should have an opportunity to secure a more defined role if he has a strong training camp.
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.
Moeaki spent the latter portion of the 2015 season as a member of the Falcons, but never saw much action as he recorded just three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on five targets throughout 11 games. Moeaki doesn't present much fantasy value at this point with fellow tight ends Zach Miller, Khari Lee, and Rob Housler on the Bears' roster as well.
Jeffery is seeking a long-term deal comparable to some of the NFL's elite wideouts, but after he missed seven games last season due to various injuries, the Bears are understandably reluctant to reward him with a huge financial commitment. Even though Jeffery topped 85 catches, 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns while playing in a pass-happy offense in both 2013 and 2014, he managed just 54 receptions for 807 yards and four scores in a more balanced scheme last year. The presence of dynamic 2015 first-rounder Kevin White should place less pressure on Jeffery in the passing game this season, but he'll need to prove he can remain healthy and productive to earn the type of contract he desires.
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.
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.
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.
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 could parlay his past experience as a third down back into a role he can hold onto for "a while". After Jeremy Langford struggled with dropped passes last year, and as he tries to improve in pass protection, Rodgers will have an opportunity to get into the mix for third down work if he's able to earn it during the Bears upcoming training camp.
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.
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.
Bears head coach John Fox wants to limit the workload of his running backs while employing the hot hand approach, which would make it difficult for Langford to have a role as a feature back. That said, the coaching staff is counting on getting him to run with a wider base so he can gain more yards after contact, which if done successfully, could help him see early down work. However, Jacquizz Rodgers, based on his past experience as a third-down back, could hold onto that role for awhile. The upcoming training camp battle at running back will be one to closely monitor.
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.
Although White displayed his exceptional athleticism during the Bears' offseason practices, he had struggles with drops, especially when Alshon Jeffery was away from the team. It's important to remember that White is basically a rookie after losing the entire 2015 season to a shin injury. During the season, he'll have the advantage of lining up across the field from Jeffery, which will often provide him with single coverage against the opponent's second-best cornerback. He'll be a player to watch during training camp to see how well he functions in the Bears' offense.
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 arthroscopic surgery on his knee shortly after the 2015 season, and was not expected to be at full speed until training camp, so this isn't shocking news. However, having the outside linebacker at full strength for the regular season will be vital to the Bears' pass rush, as McPhee recorded five sacks in the first seven games of 2015 before being slowed down by the knee injury.
Shaw was waived by the Browns on Thursday, but will now be reunited with former quarterbacks coach and current Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains in Chicago. After missing last season due to thumb surgery, Shaw figures to compete with former teammate Brian Hoyer for snaps behind Jay Cutler during training camp this summer.
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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