Sep 2, 2021 4 min read

Three things to know about the Bears roster

Three things to know about the Bears  roster

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Is it safe to finally react to the Chicago Bears final 53-man roster yet? Are there any more sudden moves that have yet to take place? Okay, good. Maybe we can take a moment and breathe after the flurry of activity that took place over the last couple of days.

The Bears made numerous cuts over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, then brought some players back after making additional injury moves. It's been quite the process that has had fans up in arms and downright confused over some of the decisions being made at Halas Hall.

NFL rosters are fluid, though, and the Bears will likely continue to make a few tweaks leading up to their opener against the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday night.

But for now, the activity has settled so here are three things to know about the Bears' final roster.

1. Ryan Pace doesn't care about heartwarming stories

Truthfully, I don't have the sources to back this claim up. But considering what happened to fan-favorite Rodney Adams this past week, it wouldn't be a far-fetched assumption. The wide receiver captivated everyone this preseason with not only his stellar play, but his story outside of football. Adams was drafted in 2017 by the Minnesota Vikings and played in one game during his rookie year. But he decided to step away from the game for personal reasons. Adams came back a couple years later and found an opportunity with the Bears, one that he grabbed hold of this summer. His play stood out in camp and the first preseason game, but his story only grew after he and his wife had a daughter just hours before the team's second game, where he scored a touchdown. Kevin Kaduk, the Midway Minuteman himself, dove into Adams' journey and effectively put the whammy on him.

Adams balled out this summer and seemed to do everything possible to earn a roster spot. And to everyone's delight, he did, only to see it vanish the next day. The Bears signed veteran receiver Breshad Perriman, pushing Adams out.

There was some good news (sort of ) though: Adams cleared waivers and joined the practice squad. His journey isn't over and it's safe to say he has an entire fanbase behind his back. But Adams' wait continues and Pace leaves us all without a fairy tale ending.  

2. Cornerback is going to be a major concern this season

It's been years since I've been this worried about the Bears cornerback situation. You have to go back to 2016 when the opening week corners were Tracy Porter, Bryce Callahan and  ... Jacoby Glenn. I know a lot about the Bears and even I didn't know who Jacoby Glenn was. Nevertheless, this current cornerback group is concerning.

The Bears did add some players back following the initial roster, but my point remains.

As of now, the cornerback room consists of Jaylon Johnson, Artie Burns, Duke Shelley, Kindle Vildor, and Xavier Crawford. Marqui Christian is in the mix as well, but is listed as a safety for the moment. Johnson flashed in his rookie season, but hit a wall in November, then missed the final stretch due to injuries.

Burns is athletic, but lived up to his name at times when he was a Pittsburgh Steeler, getting burned in coverage too many times. Crawford, Vildor and Shelley all have yet to prove they can be relied upon during regular season games, leaving this group vulnerable come Week 1.

If I'm Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford, I'm taking every shot possible at this group of corners and throwing the ball 30+ times to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and DeSean Jackson. While Johnson could very well be the real deal, he's going to need help across the field and until the Bears bring someone else in (Bryce Callahan, perhaps?) or one of those players steps up, we could be in for some scary passing numbers.

3. There are still a lot of questions surrounding the ILBs

When the 53-man roster was announced, you may have noticed the Bears had six inside linebackers on the roster. Roquan Smith and Alec Ogletree are the starters, with Christian Jones, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Josh Woods, and Caleb Johnson backing them up. Danny Trevathan is currently on short-term injured reserve.

Normally, teams carry around four inside linebackers when running a standard 3-4 defense. But the Bears curiously decided to roll with six to start the season. Perhaps they want insurance while Trevathan is out and in case Ogletree can't handle a full NFL game out of the gate. He was a late signing after all and reports came out that he was "gassed" after the team's first preseason game three weeks ago. Jones can be a solid fill-in if needed, while Woods and Iyiegbuniwe will primarily just play on special teams, depending on who is active on gameday. I still think Johnson is bounced at some point, making this position group very fluid with nine days to go before week one.

Trevathan's injury creates a lot of questions here and it's possible they won't be answered for quite some time.

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