The Bears announced their 53-man active roster shortly after Saturday's 3 p.m. deadline to set it. Of course, the roster could change tomorrow or the next day or the next. But at the deadline, at least, here are your 2014 Chicago Bears:
QUARTERBACKS (3): Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, David Fales
Comment: The Bears kept sixth-round rookie Fales active, using a roster spot on a quarterback who in all likelihood won't play this season. They believe his in long-term potential because of his intelligence, footwork and arm strength, and they did not want to risk losing him on waivers.
RUNNING BACKS (5): Matt Forte, FB Tony Fiammetta, Ka’Deem Carey, Shaun Draughn, Senorise Perry
Comment: It will be interesting to see whether Carey, a fourth-round rookie, makes the 46-man active roster on game days. The Bears' return-game need helped Perry, an undrafted rookie.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6): Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Josh Morgan, **Marquess Wilson, Santonio Holmes, Micheal Spurlock
Comment: Wilson (right collarbone) is a candidate to be placed on injured reserve with a designation for return. By rule, that could not occur until Tuesday at 3 p.m. If the Bears were to put him on short-term IR, it would free a roster spot.
TIGHT ENDS (3): Martellus Bennett, Dante Rosario, Matthew Mulligan
Comment: The Bears hope that Mulligan can be a more complete blocker and pass-catching threat this year than the departed Eben Britton was last year as a sixth offensive lineman. Rosario is a core special teamer.
OFFENSIVE LINE (8): Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, Roberto Garza, Kyle Long, Jordan Mills, Michael Ola, Brian de la Puente, Charles Leno, Jr.
Comment: All five starters are back, but the three reserves present questions. Ola and seventh-round rookie Leno have never played a down in the NFL. de la Puente is nursing a sprained MCL in his left knee. The Bears could add another lineman if Wilson goes on short-term IR.
DEFENSIVE LINE (10): Ends (6) - Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Trevor Scott, David Bass, Cornelius Washington; Tackles (4) – Jeremiah Ratliff, Stephen Paea, Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton
Comment: General manager Phil Emery last season regretted not having an additional lineman on the 2013 team, and he strongly hinted at his desire to keep 10 this year. He did, but with only four tackles, rookies Ferguson and Sutton must develop in a hurry.
LINEBACKERS (6): Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams, Shea McClellin, Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene, Christian Jones
Comment: The Bears kept Jones, an undrafted rookie out of Florida St. with exceptional speed, fluidity and ability to change direction. The Bears need McClellin and Bostic to progress in order for the defense to improve, and they'll need Greene to play well on special teams.
CORNERBACKS (5): Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman, Kyle Fuller, Sherrick McManis, Demontre Hurst
Comment: The Bears kept Hurst over veteran Kelvin Hayden. He has worked at slot corner behind Jennings. McManis arguably had the best camp of any Bears reserve, and he's a core special teamer.
SAFETIES (4): Ryan Mundy, Chris Conte, Danny McCray, Brock Vereen
Comment: One of the most crowded position battles settled the way many thought it would. Mundy (head laceration) and Conte (concussion) would likely start if healthy, but their Week 1 statuses aren't yet determined. McCray, who was signed for his special teams ability, could start the season with the first string.
SPECIALISTS (3): Robbie Gould, Pat O’Donnell, Brandon Hartson
Comment: Let's see whether the Bears stick with first-year pro Hartson as their long snapper after combing Saturday's transactions list.
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