Bears’ roster ranks in the bottom third of the NFL

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New Chicago Bear coach John Fox talks to the media Monday morning during his introductory news conference at Halas Hall.

The NFC North is a stacked division, and the Bears have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. But where does their roster matchup against the rest of the NFL?

Pro Football Focus writer Sam Monson ranked the entire rosters of all 32 NFL teams.

The Bears were No. 25 in the rankings, and Monson picked receiver Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, guard Kyle Long and defensive end Jeremiah Ratliff as the top five players on the Bears roster, but thought the top five players on the team doesn’t include quarterback Jay Cutler or running back Matt Forte.

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The Bears’ roster has seen a ton of turnover, but it’s perhaps most defined by the quarterback who stuck around: Jay Cutler. He is a talented but hugely flawed passer who can range from awful to very good, depending on his ability to fit within the offense and jive with the coaching staff. Chicago’s offensive line (aside from right tackle Mills) has the potential to be very good, as does its group of skill position players. The defense will debut a new-look 3-4 this year, and while talent seems to be there, plenty of question marks remain. The Bears have the look of a roster only midway through a rebuilding project.

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The Bears were 5-11 last season, and according to Monson’s roster ranking, the Bears won’t be much better in 2015.

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