With the league slowly returning back to their facilities soon and training camp around the corner, it seems an appropriate time to predict who will be Week One starters in Chicago. The Bears are coming off a period of offseason Zoom meetings which have reportedly been very productive and meaningful. Throughout the recent meetings and media interviews, several things stand out with the Bears:
- Trubisky has been working out with Allen Robinson and he is very confident in himself heading into training camp.
- Khalil Mack has been working all offseason. After it was reported that he battled injuries all last season, Mack is looking to bounce back and have another stand out year.
- The rookies are learning fast. A lot of good reports have come out with the Bears’ rookies and their ability to learn the playbook on their own and through these virtual meetings.
With all of this here are the predicted Week One starters:
|WR||Allen Robinson II|
|WR||Ted Ginn Jr.|
|LT||Charles Leno Jr.|
|S||Tashaun Gipson Sr.|
|CB||Jaylon Johnson (R)|
This depth chart format is taken directly from the Bears website, other depth charts feature more in depth breakdowns of slot receivers and slot corners. Even includes features for different situations, however to keep things simplified I stuck with the basics and will break it down further.
Trubisky is going to surprise a lot of people come training camp, he is playing with a chip on his shoulder but not just that, he is playing for a final shot as a starter. I think he will have a solid enough performance to keep the Bears offense moving. I believe Foles will be ready at any given moment, the Bears have the most complete team they’ve had in a while so the mentality needs to be win now. With the running game, Montgomery needs to be the featured back. Tarik Cohen is best used on plays outside the tackles, in screens, or even out in the slot. For the Bears to establish a good running game they will need to be able to control the game in between the tackles and Montgomery should be the back for that. The receivers can go any way, there is a lot of depth in this position which will make for an interesting training camp. Robinson is a given as a starter. Miller should return to his spot at the slot, although Ginn Jr. can also play in the slot. The Bears still have more depth with Patterson, Wims, Ridley, and Mooney. Tight End should be an interesting position to watch. I think the Bears will only hold 3, Graham as a starter, Demetrius Harris and Cole Kmet battling it out for that second spot. I think even a fourth TE can be kept and converted to Fullback. The Offensive Line is practically the same as last season minus Kyle Long, I believe the emphasis for the Bears is on the coaching side of the line but I think we should expect movement as the season goes on.
The Bears will be returning the majority of their starters over the last 2 seasons on the defensive side of the football. The biggest changes here are the replacement of Leonard Floyd for Robert Quinn and replacing Prince Amukamara with Jaylon Johnson. The Bears added significant depth to the secondary through the draft so it will be interesting to see what they do there with the depth chart and in different situations. Only time will tell as official depth charts come out closer to preseason. Same thing upfront, the Bears added veteran help to the linebacking group. More depth is a must with injuries that have happened all of last season. The defense, if they can stay healthy are among the best in the league, given the consistency of play and consistency in starters.