It’s May in the NFL. The Draft and all the buzz around it has calmed down, rookie mini-camp is over and teams are partaking in their off-season workout program. From a fans perspective, not much is going on. Aside from some number changes, not a lot of buzz is coming out of Halas Hall.
Lets take a look at what the starting units could look like come Week 1.
QB: Mike Glennon, RB: Jordan Howard, WR: Cameron Meredith, WR: Kevin White , WR: Kendall Wright , TE: Zach Miller , LT: Charles Leno , LG: Josh Sitton , C: Cody Whitehair , RG: Kyle Long , RT: Bobby Massie
It’s hard to predict how successful the Bears offense will be this season. With new quarterback Mike Glennon taking a hold of the reins, a run heavy offense is what I think we will see right out of the gate. The Bears are limited with weapons on the outsides. Cameron Meredith had a big year last season but Kevin White is still unproven. Kendall Wright and Markus Wheaton will see a lot of time in the slot and have the potential to make an impact.
The Bears offensive line is a solid group. The staff really likes Charles Leno Jr, and he did play every snap last season. Bobby Massie did not have a great start to the 2016 campaign but showed improvement in the second-half of the season. And the interior O-line can be argued to be one of the best in football. Jordan Howard should have no problem eclipsing 1,000 yards as long as the unit stays healthy.
BOLD PREDICTION: Daniel Braverman will emerge as the top slot receiver.
DT: Eddie Goldman , DE: Jaye Howard , OLB: Leonard Floyd , ILB: Nick Kwiatkoski , ILB: Jerrell Freeman , OLB: Pernell McPhee , CB: Prince Amukamara , CB: Marcus Cooper , S: Adrian Amos , S: Quintin Demps
The Bears have plenty of talent on their defense. Again, staying healthy will determine how much success they will have.
Danny Trevathan’s status is still uncertain come the start of the season. I would not be surpirsed if he statred the season on the PUP list. But Nick Kwiatkoski played well last season and I have full confidence with him in the starting role.
Both Pernell McPhee and Leonard Floyd can be very efficient off the edge but cannot afford to miss time. That goes for their backups too in Willie Young and Lamarr Houston. The Bears pass rush could be one of the best in the league if they are able to stay off the injury report.
Looking to the inside, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, and Jaye Howard is a lot of weight to move. Goldman has to be what we saw his rookie year. Hicks had the best year of his career last season and the addition of Howard makes this defensive line complete.
The secondary is going to be a process all season. While I think these guys will win the job, we could see a lot of different lineups throughout the season. I am very high on Eddie Jackson and he is definitely going to battle with Adrian Amos for the free safety position. Could Kyle Fuller emerge out of the shadows? It’s possible. And do not forgot about Deon Bush and Deiondre’ Hall who is going to practice at both safety and cornerback.
BOLD PREDICTION: Eddie Jackson will be the starting free safety by week 5.