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The 2021 Chicago Bears First Unofficial Depth Chart is OUT (And There Are Some Surprises)

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There are just four sleeps until the Bears host the Dolphins in the first preseason game of the year, which means it’s about time we start getting a better feel for the roster. And in a stroke of good timing, Chicago’s football team unleashed its first unofficial depth chart.

BEHOLD!

Quarterback

1) Andy Dalton
2) Justin Fields (rookie)
3) Nick Foles

Notes: Sorry, friends. Justin Fields remains QB1-of-the-future as long as Andy Dalton stays as QB1 without caveats.

Running back

1) David Montgomery
2) Damien Williams
3) Khalil Herbert (rookie)

Also: Ryan Nall, Artavis Pierce, CJ Marable (rookie)
Injured/PUP List: Tarik Cohen

Wide Receiver #1

1) Allen Robinson II
2) Chris Lacy
3) Justin Hardy
4) Dazz Newsome (rookie)

Wide Receiver #2

1) Darnell Mooney
2) Damiere Byrd
3) Rodney Adams
4) Jon’Vea Johnson

Wide Receiver #3

1) Marquise Goodwin
2) Riley Ridley
3) Javon Wims

Also: Jester Weah, Thomas Ives

Notes: Last year, we designated WR3 as the slot guy. But I’m not so certain that Chicago will have one player designated to that spot, as versatility figures to be on the menu when the offense rolls out onto the field.

Tight end

1) Cole Kmet
2) Jimmy Graham
3) Jesse James

Also: J.P. Holtz, Jesper Horsted, Scooter Harrington (rookie)

Notes: It is nice not having to write about a dozen tight ends fighting over a handful of roster spots.

Left tackle

1) Elijah Wilkinson
2) Teven Jenkins (rookie)
3) Larry Borom (rookie)
4) Badara Traore

Notes: Seeing Larry Borom on the left side is a bit of a surprise. A right tackle by trade, the fifth-round pick out of Missouri seems to be making a strong impression at the outset. We’ll be watching his development with great interest.

Left guard

1) Cody Whitehair
2) Arlington Hambright
3) Daurean Parker

Center

1) Sam Mustipher
2) Dieter Eiselen
3) Adam Redmond

Right guard

1) James Daniels
2) Alex Bars

Right tackle

1) Lachavious Simmons
2) Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

Injured/PUP: Germain Ifedi

Notes: This group looks different without having Charles Leno Jr. reliably at left tackle. Moreover, this group would feature two new starting tackles, two players who began last season in different starting roles, and a center who was on the practice squad to start last year. Get back to me when everyone is healthy, then I’ll provide a better assessment of this group.

Defensive tackle

1) Akiem Hicks
2) Angelo Blackson
3) LaCale London

Defensive end

1) Bilal Nichols
2) Mario Edwards Jr.
3) Daniel Archibong

Nose tackle

1) Khyiris Tonga (rookie)
2) Mike Pennel

Unavailable/COVID-19 List: Eddie Goldman

Notes: The biggest surprise on the depth chart is arguably the most pleasant. Seeing rookie seventh-round pick Khyiris Tonga at the top of the nose tackle pile says something about how much the Bears like what they are seeing to this point. To be clear, we’re talking about a few weeks of camp practices. But to get to this point – even after considering Goldman’s absence – speaks volumes about the progress this rookie has made.

Edge rusher #1

1) Khalil Mack
2) Trevis Gipson
3) James Vaughters
4) Charles Snowden (rookie)

Edge rusher #2

1) Robert Quinn
2) Jeremiah Attaochu
3) Ledarius Mack
4) Sam Kamara

Notes: You should’ve seen the look on my face when I saw Kamara on the Bears roster, only to realize it wasn’t Alvin.

Inside linebacker #1

1) Roquan Smith
2) Joel Iyiegbuniwe
3) Alec Ogletree
4) Austin Calitro

Inside linebacker #2

1) Danny Trevathan
2) Christian Jones
3) Josh Woods
4) Caleb Johnson

Notes: If Ogletree keeps up his rapid pace of practice interceptions, he’ll be ILB2 in a matter of days (if not hours).

Cornerback #1

1) Jaylon Johnson
2) Artie Burns
3) Thomas Graham Jr. (rookie)
4) Tre Roberson

Cornerback #2

1) Kindle Vildor
2) Desmond Trufant
3) Duke Shelley

Also: Xavier Crawford, Dionte Ruffin

Notes: Putting Kindle Vildor ahead of free agent signing Desmond Trufant feels like a sign of faith in the Bears’ fifth-round 2020 pick. Vildor is credited with one regular-season start and one start in the postseason. So this is quite a leap of faith, as well as a sign of development.

Safety #1

1) Eddie Jackson
2) Deon Bush
3) Marqui Christian
4) Jordan Lucas

Safety #2

1) Tashaun Gipson
2) DeAndre Houston-Carson
3) Teez Tabor
4) Michael Joseph

Notes: Seeing Teez Tabor, a cornerback by trade and second-round pick by the Lions in 2017, catches my eye. Tabor was a high-profile cornerback prospect who never hit his stride in Detroit. Clearly, the think tank at Halas Hall believes a position switch could unlock some things from a former top prospect. I’ll be curious to follow along here.

Special teams

•  Kicker: Cairo Santos, Brian Johnson
•  Long snapper: Patrick Scales
•  Punter, Holder: Pat O’Donnell

Kick returner

1) Khalil Herbert (rookie)
2) Chris Lacy
3) Rodney Adams
4) Jon’Vea Johnson

Punt returner

1) Damiere Byrd
2) Darnell Mooney
3) Dazz Newsome (rookie)
4) C.J. Marable (rookie)

Notes: I know Mooney has been fielding punts at practice, as I’ve seen it with my own eyes at training camp. But because of his importance to the offense, I didn’t imagine the Bears would put him on the depth chart at No. 2. Considering Mooney’s speed and ability to make tacklers miss, it would make sense that he fits into that role. It’s just that I’m not all that comfortable seeing a starting receiver in that spot. This would be a nice place for rookie Dazz Newsome to make a splash.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.