Positional groups to watch in Bears' preseason finale

Positional groups to watch in Bears' preseason finale
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 25: Members of the Chicago Bears lock arms during the National Anthem before a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on August 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Bears will cap off its preseason with a home clash against Buffalo.

Fast forward to Nov. 4 and these two teams will meet once again in Upstate New York. But for now, the focus is on the depth and players vying for one of the final spots on the Bears’ roster or other franchises.

The cut down from 90 to 53 players will occur on Saturday by the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Here is a look at five positional groups to watch for the Bears on Thursday night.


Undrafted rookies Ro’Derrick Hoskins, Josh Woods and Elijah Norris will get extensive playing time tonight. Sixth round rookie Kylie Fitts, second-year man Isaiah Irving and veterans Kasim Edebali, John Timu and Jonathan Anderson should be out there quite a bit.

Fitts seems like a smart keep on the backend of the outside linebacker depth chart while Edebali, Timu and Anderson could all be fighting for one roster spot. Either way, the Bears need to be a bit concerned with the outside linebacker potential on paper right now.


The Bears are likely to employ the same cornerback room after re-signing Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara this off-season. But the depth is thin and there really isn’t a pure outside corner to back them up unless you want to count 2017 free agent bust Marcus Cooper.

Rookies Kevin Toliver, Nick Orr, Rashard Fant and Michael Joseph will get to put plenty of action on tape tonight. Guys like Jonathan Mincy and Doran Grant will as well.

To me, Toliver is an intriguing guy from LSU who could earn one of the last roster spots with a nice performance. Joseph and Grant have shown flashes and Mincy has versatility. I still believe that the likely sixth cornerback is currently on another team’s roster and the Bears will sign him this weekend.

Offensive line

Will Pericak, Dejon Allen, Matt McCants, Brandon Greene and Jordan Morgan will play the most that they have had all preseason. Morgan is a 2017 fifth rounder who could vie for a roster spot/practice squad placement. Recently converted offensive tackle Rashaad Coward will be monitored closely as he’s been solid thus far.

At center, Hroniss Grasu is likely going to be playing elsewhere this season as Cody Whitehair, James Daniels and Eric Kush, three versatile interior players who fit the bill. The Bears would be lucky to get a pick in return for the fourth-year Oregon product.

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    It broke my heart to see the Bears give up so many points in the fourth quarter. What happened ?

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    I know it's only pre-season but expected a better fourth quarter play from the Bears

  • In reply to Frank Pones:

    It was the bottom part of the roster, guys didn't play too inspired and it looked they were in a prevent defense. The corners and backers were getting burned often. Won't matter once the regular season rolls around.

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