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Bears release Week 1 depth chart

Veteran Tashaun Gipson and rookie Jaylon Johnson are listed as the team’s starting safety and cornerback, respectively, in the first Bears depth chart of the season.

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) and safety Tashaun Gipson (38) are both listed as starters.
Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) and safety Tashaun Gipson (38) are both listed as starters.
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Veteran safety Tashaun Gipson and rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson became the answers to the Bears’ two remaining starter questions when the team released its depth chart Monday. Gipson beat out Deon Bush, while Johnson’s starting role seemed more apparent when the Bears cut Kevin Toliver and did not re-sign him to the practice squad. Buster Skrine, who played outside cornerback at times in camp, will be the Bears’ starting slot cornerback.

Depth charts are hardly gospel — for example, the Bears list Cordarrelle Patterson as a receiver, although he played running back more during training camp. That annual disclaimer out of the way, here’s the Bears’ depth chart for their season opener Sunday against the Lions:


Position/First string/Second string/Third string

WR Allen Robinson/Cordarrelle Patterson

TE Jimmy Graham/Cole Kmet/Demetrius Harris/J.P. Holtz/Eric Saubert

RT Bobby Massie/Rashaad Coward

RG Germain Ifedi/Rashaad Coward

C Cody Whitehair/James Daniels

RG James Daniels/Alex Bars/Arlington Hambright

RT Charles Leno/Jason Spriggs

QB Mitch Trubisky/Nick Foles

RB David Montgomery/Tarik Cohen/Ryan Nall

WR Anthony Miller/Javon Wims

WR Ted Ginn/Darnell Mooney/Riley Ridley


DT Akiem Hicks/Brent Urban

NT Bilal Nichols/John Jenkins

DE Roy Robertson-Harris

OLB Khalil Mack/Trevis Gipson

ILB Roquan Smith/Josh Woods

ILB Danny Trevathan/Joe Iyiegbuniwe

OLB Robert Quinn/Barkevious Mingo/James Vaughters

CB Kyle Fuller/Buster Skrine

S Tashaun Gipson/Deon Bush/DeAndre Houston-Carson

S Eddie Jackson/Sherrick McManis

CB Jaylon Johnson/Duke Shelley/Kindle Vildor


P Pat O’Donnell

K Eddy Pineiro

LS Patrick Scales

HOLDER Pat O’Donnell

KICK RETURNER Cordarrelle Patterson/Darnell Mooney/Anthony Miller

PUNT RETURNER Tarik Cohen/Darnell Mooney/Anthony Miller