Bears Release 1st Depth Chart of the Season

August 5, 2008

The Bears released the first depth chart of the 2008 season today.  There are no real surprises so far, especially with so many positions on offense still up for grabs.  The position battles are in italics below.

 

Offense

WR–Rashied Davis/Devin Hester, Mike Hass, Brandon Rideau, Ryan Grice-Mullen
LT–John St. Clair, Cody Balogh, (Chris Williams)
LG–Terrence Metcalf, Anthony Oakley, Ryan Poles
C–Olin Kreutz, Josh Beekman, Anthony Oakley
RG–Roberto Garza, Tyler Reed, Chester Adams
RT–John Tait, Kirk Barton
TE–Desmond Clark, Greg Olsen, Kellen Davis, Fontel Mines, Marcus Stone
WR–Marty Booker/Brandon Lloyd, Mark Bradley, Earl Bennett, Marcus Monk
QB–Rex Grossman/Kyle Orton, Caleb Hanie
RB–Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Garrett Wolfe, P.J. Pope, (Kevin Jones)
FB–Jason McKie, Lousaka Polite

Defense

LE–Adewale Ogunleye, Dan Bazuin, Joe Clermond, Nick Osborn
DT–Tommie Harris, Israel Idonije, Marcus Harrison
NT–Anthony Adams, Matt Toeaina, (Dusty Dvoracek)
RE–Alex Brown, Mark Anderson, Ervin Baldwin
WLB–Lance Briggs, Jamar Williams, Joey LaRocque
MLB–Brian Urlacher, Nick Roach, Rod Wilson
SLB–Hunter Hillenmeyer, Darrell McClover, Michael Okwo
LCB–Charles Tillman, Corey Graham, Zack Bowman, Leslie Majors
RCB–Nathan Vasher, Trumaine McBride, Ricky Manning Jr., Trey Brown
SS–Brandon McGowan, Kevin Payne, Leonard Peters
FS–Mike Brown, Danieal Manning, Craig Steltz, Josh Gattis

QB – The competition between Grossman and Orton has brought out no clear front runner, although from reports that I have read, Grossman has looked better than Orton the past few days.  We’ll have to wait and see how the two perform in the preseason games before a winner will be chosen.  Rex may have let it slip that coach Lovie Smith with let them know who will be QB1 by the 3rd preseason game against the 49ers on August 21.

RB – Matt Forte is listed as RB1 at the moment and is slated to start in the first preseason game on Thursday (Aug. 7th) against KC.  Kevin Jones is still on the PUP list, so it is unknown at this point if he will make the roster at the start of the season or not.  Garrett Wolfe, who is trying to make the team as the 3rd down back has been impressive in camp so far.  Keeping Wolfe could provide offensive coordinator, Ron Turner (ugh!), a nice change of pace, although he showed no vision with very limited use of Wolfe on the roster last year, so I won’t get my hopes up.

LT/LG – These two spots on the offensive line are a bit clouded at the moment because of injuries.  Rookie Chris Williams has yet to see the field with a lingering back spasm problem.  John St. Clair has been used as the starting LT so far.  Terrence Metcalf has been out for the past few days, so Josh Beekman has moved over from the Center spot to fill in.  If the Bears can get Williams on the field, Metcalf and St. Clair should fight for the position.  I’d rather see Beekman get a legitimate shot, Metcalf shouldn’t be fighting for a starting spot let alone be on an NFL roster.

WR – The starting WR positions are still up for grabs. From reports that I have seen, however, Devin Hester has been playing lights out and may be showing potential as a #1 WR.  Mark Bradley and Marty Booker have been very solid in camp also.  Rashied Davis, an Arena Football league veteran, who has shown great flashes in the return game and as a deep threat the past few years may be the dark horse in the race.  It has been reported that he has looked great in camp and could be named one of the starters.  I have also heard that Brandon Lloyd has looked very good in camp.  Maybe he has finally figured things out and is focusing strictly on football and not trying to be a fashion model.  He played for Ron Turner at the U of Illinois, so maybe his relationship with Turner can bring out the potential he showed with the 49ers and not the train wreck he was with the Redskins.  Rookie Earl Bennett has looked good in camp also.  He seems to catch every ball thrown to him.  The team has been working with him on Punt Returns.  He has looked spotty at best there. Mike Hass, Marcus Monk, Brandon Rideau and Ryan Grice-Mullen round out the WRs in camp.  Each has shown some talent, not sure how many will be released or put on the practice squad.

There aren’t really any position battles on defense, but the team is waiting for Dusty Dvoracek to get on the field from a calf injury he has been dealing with.  Once on the field, it will be Anthony Adams or himself as the starting NT.  If healthy, both should see significant playing time this year along with Matt Toeaina.

One other spot on defense where there has been movement on the depth chart is the nickel cornerback position.  Corey Graham has leapfrogged Trumain McBride, Zack Bowman and Ricky Manning Jr. with stellar play filling in for starting left corner Peanut Tilman, when he missed some camp due to personal issues.  Graham, may at some point in the season or next year, compete with Tilman for the starting LC job.

I’ll have an in depth report of the Bears first preseason game against KC on Friday.  For Bears fans outside of the Chicagoland area (like me), the NFL Network will re-broadcast the game at various times throughout the week.  The scheduled broadcasts are below.  Also, the game on August 21, is going to be on FOX.

All times are Eastern. 
WEEK 1
Thursday Aug 7   12am

KC at Chi

Friday Aug 8     3:30pm

KC at Chi

Sunday Aug 10   4am

KC at Chi

Wednesday Aug 13   4pm

KC at Chi

 

WEEK 2

Sunday  Aug 17   1pm

Chi at Seattle

Thursday Aug 21  12:30am

Chi at Seattle

 

WEEK 4

Sunday Aug 31    4pm

Chi at Cleveland

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Bears Release 1st Depth Chart of the Season”

  1. WindyCitySuLLY said

    Ibelieve both Davis and Bennett could be the darkhorses in the WR competiton and think Bennett could be the Bears’s version Colston. Wolfe SHOULD get on the roster although as you said he wasn’t utilized by Ron throw a pass to the FB runnin a flat on 3rd and long Turner until the last game against the Saints. He is very explosive and fast and even thought he is short, it allows him to stay behind his blockers and be unseen by defenders. I don’t however seeing Graham challenge Tillman or Vasher anytime soon…Graham hasn’t prove anything in real games and Peanut and Vasher have been the best CB tandem in the NFC when they are healthy. I think Steltz could be a good rookie at safety especially if Brown goes dow again or if either Manning or McGowan strugggle. Another rookie i like is Harrison seeing as how he was a 1st rounder until his injury i would not be surprised if he and Tommie Harris become the best DT tandem in the NFL especially if Dvoracek also goes down again.

  2. AlexM said

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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