Breaking down the Bears’ training camp roster from Player 1 to 88

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Jay Cutler will have a new backup quarterback this season. (AP)

Bears players know what to expect entering John Fox’s second camp.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be questions when the team reports to Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday. They have to replace stars Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, fine-tune a defense that might be half-filled with new starters, and help Kevin White adjust to life as a healthy NFL player.

Here’s how we handicap all players — the Bears are two short of the maximum — and their chances of making the 53-man roster:


They’ll likely keep: 3

They’re in: Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer

They’re on the bubble: David Fales

They’re out: Connor Shaw

Battle to watch: Fales vs. Shaw. The Bears could keep both if Fales makes the 53-man roster and Shaw, claimed from the Browns this offseason, heads to the practice squad. Fox prefers to keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, though.

The big number: 22 — Starts for Hoyer the past two years, including nine last season in Houston. Jimmy Clausen, the Bears’ No. 2 last August, had one start in the past four seasons.

He said it: “He gives us a guy who has played in the league and has a winning record as a starter.” — offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, on Hoyer’s 15-11 record

Running backs

They’ll likely keep: 5

They’re in: Jeremy Langford, Jordan Howard, Ka’Deem Carey

They’re on the bubble: Jacquizz Rodgers, Paul Lasike (fullback)

They’re out: Senorise Perry

Battle to watch: Langford vs. the dropsies. No NFL running back dropped as many passes as Langford’s eight last season, despite being targeted only targeted 40 times.

The big number: 2.7 — Per Pro Football Focus, Langford’s 2.7 yards per carry against base defenses was the worst mark in the league.

He said it: “I can be a short-yardage back, I can be an every-down back. I can be whatever they need me to be.” — Howard

Wide receivers

They’ll likely keep: 6

They’re in: Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, Eddie Royal, Josh Bellamy

They’re on the bubble: Marc Mariani, Daniel Braverman, Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson, Marquess Wilson (likely to open season on PUP list with broken left foot).

They’re out: Kieren Duncan, Derek Keaton, Darrin Peterson

Battle to watch: Jeffery vs. the contract. Playing under a $14.59 million franchise tag, Jeffery will make his case for a lucrative, long-term deal. But what happens if his targets suffer because of White’s presence? Or he gets hurt? Or tires of the questioning?

The big number: 11 — Third downs converted on passes to Mariani last season, accounting for half his catches.

He said it: “He reminded me of Andre Johnson; I would say very similar to him. Hands similar to Reggie Wayne.” — New receivers coach Curtis Johnson, on White

Tight ends

They’ll likely keep: 3

They’re in: Zach Miller

They’re on the bubble: Khari Lee, Tony Moeaki, Rob Housler, Ben Braunecker

They’re out: Greg Scruggs, Gannon Sinclair, Joe Sommers

Battle to watch: Veterans vs. the Ghost of Martellus Bennett. Moeaki and Housler combined for 78 catches and 870 yards … in 2012. The Bears did little to replace Bennett after trading him to the Patriots, so they’re hoping one turns back time. If not, they’ll try to find one via trade or after cuts are made.

The big number: 8 — Beside Miller, the rest of the Bears’ tight end room combined for eight receptions last year.

He said it: “There’s not any more added pressure than what I could have put on myself last year, as far as when (Bennett) was here.” — Miller

Offensive line

They’ll likely keep: 8

They’re in: Kyle Long, Bobby Massie, Hroniss Grasu, Charles Leno, Cody Whitehair, Ted Larsen

They’re on the bubble: Nick Becton, Jason Weaver, Cornelius Edison, Amini Silatolu

They’re out: Adrian Ballard, John Kling, Martin Wallace, Donovan Williams

Battle to watch: Whitehair vs. Larsen. The Bears think Whitehair, with a good camp, could start from Day 1. He started at left guard with Larsen — who can play center, too, if the Bears are displeased with Grasu — hurt during mandatory minicamp.

The big number: 2 — Retirees since June: center Manny Ramirez and tackle Nate Chandler. The Bears lack depth at swing tackle.

He said it: “For a young player, like Cody is, it’s been really good for him, and he did a really good job with those opportunities.” — Fox


Defensive line

They’ll likely keep: 6

They’re in: Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Jonathan Bullard, Mitch Unrein

They’re on the bubble: Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton, Cornelius Washington, Terry Williams

They’re out: Marquis Jackson, Keith Browner

Battle to watch: Ferguson vs. Sutton — Both made the team out of camp last year, only for Ferguson to suffer the twin indignities of a season-ending knee injury and a performance enhancing drug suspension. Ferguson looked good in the offseason, though; could the team keep both?

The big number: 33 5/8 — In inches, the measurement of Bullard’s arms, one reason Pace thinks the third-rounder can be successful.

He said it: “He’s a mountain. You can’t move him.” — Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, on Hicks

Outside linebackers

They’ll likely keep: 5

They’re in: Pernell McPhee, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston, Leonard Floyd

They’re on the bubble: Sam Acho, Christian Jones

They’re out: Roy Robertson-Harris

Battle to watch: Young vs. his next contract. The Bears negotiated with Young, who is entering the final year of his deal, in June. He said he’d like to stay, but the Bears could find takers in a 4-3 system if they look to make a deal.

The big number: 57.6 — Percent of snaps played by McPhee, who nursed a knee injury last year, had offseason surgery and could be limited at the start of camp.

He said it: “I believe I can add weight and still be as fast as I am.” — Floyd, the first-round pick, on criticism of his slight build.

Inside linebackers

They’ll likely keep: 5

They’re in: Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman, Nick Kwiatkoski

They’re on the bubble: Jonathan Anderson, John Timu, Lamin Barrow

They’re out: Jarrett Grace

Battle to watch: Who can play special teams? Timu impressed at the end of last season, recovering two fumbles in Week 16, but he, along with Anderson and Barrow, will need to be a special teams force to earn a roster spot.

The big number: 71 percent — Trevathan and Freeman have combined to win 71 percent of their career games.

He said it: “It’s good having a guy like that beside you that can do it all, and you trust. — Freeman, on Trevathan


They’ll likely keep: 5

They’re in: Tracy Porter, Kyle Fuller, Deiondre’ Hall, Bryce Callahan

They’re on the bubble: Sherrick McManis

They’re out: Jacoby Glenn, Taveze Calhoun, Kevin Peterson, De’Vante Bausby

Battle to watch: Callahan vs. sample size. Callahan played 292 of his 322 snaps in the final eight games, and, when healthy, looked like a revelation. Can it hold up?

The big number: 1 — Time in his eight-year career, before last season, the oft-injured Porter started 13 or more games

He said it: “I feel like Kyle’s a guy that got more comfortable in the defense and got more confidence.” — GM Ryan Pace


They’ll likely keep: 4

They’re in: Adrian Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey, Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston-Carson

They’re on the bubble: Chris Prosinski, Demontre Hurst

They’re out: N/A

Battle to watch: Bears vs. experience. The Bears figure to pair Bush, a rookie, or Harold Jones-Quartey, who has four career starts, alongside Amos.

The big number: 146 — Career starts by Antrel Rolle, who the Bears cut this offseason. He said it: “He had his [right] shoulder fixed a little bit, which we think will make a better player, being able to play freer at full range of his shoulder.” — defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, on Amos


They’ll likely keep: 3

They’re in: K Robbie Gould, P Pat O’Donnell, LS Aaron Brewer

They’re on the bubble: LS Patrick Scales

They’re out: P Ben LeCompte

Battle to watch: Brewer vs. Scales. The former started every game for the last four years in Denver, the first three under Fox.

The big number: 4 — Pounds Gould hoped to gain over the offseason, up to 191, to help improve his strength.

He said it: “It’s just, you’re in a bad-weather place. So you’re not going to kick touchbacks all the time.” — Gould, on the NFL pushing kickoffs up to the 35-yard line.

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