In this article, Thomas Gibbons will questions sent to him by Bears fans.
What is your best guess for the 53-man roster? @jfinger2011
With training camp still a month away, it is hard to say who will make the final roster. Someone who looks like a lock now could be sent home come preseason. And even the big names could be told to clean out their locker. Josh Sitton is a perfect example of this. The Super Bowl champion guard was cut by the Packers last September, a shock to many around the league.
No OTA workouts or mandatory minicamp practices is going to show the media who will make the team and who will not. Until the team is going full speed with pads on in August, then you will start to see who is going to stick around.
If I had to predict the 53-man roster right now I’d go with the following:
QB: Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Mark Sanchez / RB: Jordan Howard, Jeremy Langford, Tarik Cohen/ FB: Freddie Stevenson/ TE: Dion Sims, Adam Shaheen, Daniel Brown/ WR: Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Markus Wheaton, Josh Bellamy, Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz/ OL: Charles Leno Jr., Josh Sitton, Cody Whitehair, Kyle Long, Bobby Massie, Jordan Morgan, Hroniss Grasu, Eric Kush
DL: Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Jaye Howard, Jonathan Bullard, Roy Robertson-Harris, C.J. Wilson/ LB: Jerell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatoski, Sam Acho, Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, Jonathan Anderson/ CB: Marcus Cooper, Prince Amukamara, Deiondre’ Hall, Sherrick McManis, Cre’von LeBlanc, Bryce Callahan/ S: Quintin Demps, Deon Bush, Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, DeAndre Houston-Carson/ ST: Pat O’Donnell (P), Andy Phillips (K), Patrick Scales (LS).
Notable players that did not make the cut: Zach Miller and Kyle Fuller.
I think once the pads get on and the Bears get deep into camp, Sims and Shaheen will emerge and stick out to the coaching staff. Miller is recovering from another injury and the hope is he is 100% by camp. Miller can still be a very reliable target and other teams should see that. I think the Bears will shop him toward the end of camp and into the preseason for their is some value. When injury strikes, teams looks to find a fill in or replacement fast. And Miller being on the last year of his deal with only a $1.5 million dollar base salary, the Bears could very well find a suitor for the veteran TE.
For Kyle Fuller, unless he explodes, the Bears will have no problem letting him go. The Bears have declined his fifth year option, showing they do not see him as a future asset. Plus, the Bears found Cre’von LeBlanc, who may end up playing a majority of snaps in the nickel this season, put could see some playing time on the outside as well. And after the comments Vic Fangio said about Fuller last season about not “having the want to come back,” Fuller is going to have to really work hard and not be injured to make a roster spot.
Who will be the starting wide receivers and cornerbacks? -Logan A.
Starting WRs: Kevin White, Cameron Meredith, Markus Wheaton
Starting CBs: Marcus Cooper, Prince Amukamara
If Kevin White is healthy, I think he will have a good amount of success this season. We saw a small sample of what the Bears did with him last season: bubble screens and short routes. With his speed, you want to put him in the open field and make guys miss. I would throw him bubbles screens all game and short routes like slants and digs for YAC.
Cameron Meredith had a breakout year last season, even with below average QBs under center. As long as his thumb injury is not a major setback, Meredith should be hitting the ground running come the start of camp. Him and White could be a very good duo if they are able to stay on the field.
For the cornerbacks, like I said above, I do not seen Fuller on the roster come week one. I think the Bears will decide to let him walk and focus on their free agent signings and younger players. Cooper put together some solid tape from last season and could emerge as a top CB. Coach John Fox called Amukamara “sticky man” at minicamp because he sticks with his guy. Fox also noted his good explosion. While Deiondre Hall and Cre’von LeBlanc will be in the mix for the starting job, I expect Cooper and Amukamara to come out on top.
Will Long & Trevathan be healthy by the start of the regular season?- @SewerRat_79
First, the good news. Danny Trevathan was limited in Bears minicamp last week. Trevathan is coming off a torn patellar tendon. It is unclear what his status will be come the start of training camp.
But when we are talking the start of the regular season, I do not see Trevathan suiting up week one. Even if he is ready come the start of camp, he will not be full go right away. I would expect him to be limited, especially when the pads go on.
Trevathan still have three more years on his deal. He is a centerpiece of this defense and he needs to be 100% healthy to be the player we saw last season and in Denver. Do not be shocked if he starts the season on the PUP. Nick Kwiatkoski did a solid job filling in for the Trevathan last season and should be even better this upcoming season.
For Long, Fox says he is “cutting it close” to be ready come the start of camp. Long still has about six weeks of recovering from his horrid ankle injury he suffered last season in Tampa Bay.
Even if Long has a spotty participation in the beginning of training camp, I expect him to be on the offensive line come the first snap. All reports have been positive and Long tweeted out last week he is starting to do more explosives drills like box jumps etc. As long as there are no setbacks, Long and Sitton will be your starting guards.
Is there any chance Daniel Braverman makes the roster?- @jfinger2011
Braverman was the Bears 7th round draft choice in the 2016 NFL draft. A speedy, shifty slot receiver from Western Michigan, Braverman was an interesting prospect coming out of college. Some analysts were actually surprised he fell that far in the draft. He was labeled with the Wes Welker comparsion but what speedy and shifty slot receiver does not get that title?
The Bears coaches have praised Braverman’s work ethic and his competitiveness. Unfortunately, Braverman went designated to the practice squad last season and only saw three games last season.
Heading into year two in the NFL, Braverman should have a better feel of the offense and hopefully he has put on some weight. Braverman will be in the mix with Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz to compete for a slot WR position.
Is there any chance he makes the roster? I say it’s very slim. If Cruz is healthy and shows flashes of his past self and if Wright is succeeding in Dowell Loggains system once again, Braverman will look to be heading to the practice squad once again.
Thanks for your questions.