2016 Chicago Bears Final Roster

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The Bears made final cuts on Saturday to reach the 53-man limit, including placing outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and wide receiver Marquess Wilson on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Here’s a look at the final roster — with the potential for changes to happen any minute leading up to Game 1.

PUP List

Pernell McPhee: The Bears have been stressing with internal debate about whether to put McPhee on the PUP list — which would keep him out a minimum 6 games — or keep McPhee on the active roster to see if he could come back sooner. They chose the former, and must do without him for a month and a half.

Marquess Wilson: Wilson has always been a marginal player, so I’m not sure why they even kept him around. When and if he comes back, he will have tough competition anyway.

QUARTERBACK

Jay Cutler: Cutler offers the most stability of almost any player on offense. And while that may terrify some Bears fans, it should serve more as encouragement that the most important position is run by a competent veteran.

Brian Hoyer: The Bears chose to roll with only one backup quarterback and that man is the veteran Hoyer. While not exactly a great QB, Hoyer at least has starting experience.

RUNNING BACK

Jeremy Langford: Langford got some of the rust off in the preseason and the Bears are counting on him to hit the ground running in the regular season and carry the torch passed on by Matt Forte.

Ka’Deem Carey: The Bears really like what they have in Carey, who runs with gusto and is a hard-nosed, tough player in the John Fox mold.

Jordan Howard: The Bears will keep their rookie running back and see if he can’t factor into the game plan and push the backs ahead of him. Howard has a promising future ahead of him as long as he keeps making progress.

FULLBACK

Paul Lasike: Lasike, who is from New Zealand, had a good performance against the Cleveland Browns last week which helped him solidify a roster spot at an archaic football position.

WIDE RECEIVER

Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery is one of the most talented receivers in the league when healthy and his biggest challenge this season will not be a cornerback — it’ll be staying on the field.

Kevin White: I think I speak for all Bears fans when I say that this city cannot wait to see the explosive White in meaningful regular season action. When he gets his hands on the ball in open space, look out.

Eddie Royal: We know what Royal is when he’s on the field. He’s a versatile slot receiver who can be moved around and used creatively in multiple formations. Now he has to stay on the field.

Joshua Bellamy: The Bears really like what Bellamy offers in the special teams department, and anything more that he might give them on offense is a bonus.

Cameron Meredith: I like what we’ve seen out of Meredith as a receiver. He is not going to set the league on fire, but as a former college quarterback, he understands game situations and where he needs to be on the field and has a nice big frame to snag passes.

Deonte Thompson: Thompson will serve primarily as the team’s kick returner but offers nothing on offense.

TIGHT END

Zach Miller: The Bears are rolling with Miller as their lead tight end. While he’s no Martellus Bennett, he can offer Cutler a nice pass-catching weapon. His run blocking has to improve.

Khari Lee: Lee is going to get playing time mostly as a blocker, but he’ll need to work on the passing game to make sure defenses don’t catch on to what the Bears are doing when he’s in the game.

Greg Scruggs: In a bit of a surprise, the Bears kept former defensive end-turned-tight end Scruggs and I’ll be curious to see if the convert can turn into a usable player at tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Charles Leno Jr.: Leno satisfied the Bears brass enough last year to give him another shot to anchor Cutler’s blind side.

Cody Whitehair: Don’t let his last name fool you; Whitehair is young and he’s a rookie. Mistakes will be made, but he’s a hard-nosed, meat-and-potatoes guy that brings the right attitude to the offensive line.

Ted Larsen: Larsen was brought in to compete at guard this offseason but an injury to Hroniss Grasu thrust Larsen to the center position.

Kyle Long: After three Pro Bowl seasons in three years, the Bears locked up Long to a four-year contract extension as the leader of the offensive line.

Bobby Massie: Massie gives the Bears a powerful punch lining up next to Long on the right side of the line. The Bears ought to run the ball a lot behind them.

Mike Adams: The Bears signed Adams only a few weeks ago and liked him enough to keep him around. The former Pittsburgh Steeler started 20 games over three seasons from 2012-14.

Cornelius Edison: Edison is a backup center whom the Bears feel shows some promise but are certainly not hoping he ever enters a game this season due to an injury to Larsen.

Amini Silatolu: Silatolu is a 2012 second-round draft pick who played in 34 games with 28 starts for the Carolina Panthers.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Akiem Hicks: The Bears needed to find some round pegs to fit the round holes of their new 3-4 defensive scheme implemented last season and they found an ideal fit in Hicks, who can penetrate the line and be disruptive in the backfield.

Eddie Goldman: Goldman is the anchor of the defensive front, and as he goes so goes the entire defense. The Bears are counting on improved growth in Season 2.

Jonathan Bullard: Bullard was perhaps the surprise of training camp and the preseason. The rookie out of Florida might not start right away but as he plays well in a rotation he could find his way on the field more and more as the season wears on.

Mitch Unrein: Unrein doesn’t do anything spectacular but he has a high motor and he’s a “football guy” in the mold of John Fox.

Will Sutton: Sutton was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft to be a 4-3 defensive tackle, but he has converted well enough into a 3-4 lineman to salvage a roster spot.

Cornelius Washington: The Bears like Washington’s special teams ability which is where he’ll have to earn his paycheck on game day.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Willie Young: Young was never fond of being called a linebacker because he played his entire career as a defensive end before the team switched to a 3-4 base front last year. But Young is a playmaker most of all and his increased ability to read and react to plays helped him earn a contract extension.

Lamarr Houston: Houston, like Young, is another player who was brought in to play 4-3 defensive end but had to be converted to a rush linebacker in the scheme change. Houston has shown the ability to get around the edge and be disruptive near the quarterback.

Leonard Floyd: The Bears were concerned so much about McPhee’s health that they traded up two spots in April’s draft to make sure they got Floyd. The rookie will have to learn to shed and avoid blockers better because his speed his better matched at the NFL level than it was in college, but he should be a solid rotational player.

Sam Acho: Acho is a solid, two-phase player who can help on special teams and contribute to the defense if called upon, too. He’s a smart player who can understand and diagnose the opponent’s play.

Christian Jones: From starting inside linebacker a year ago to backup outside linebacker, the Bears felt Jones was too versatile to get rid of. He has good athleticism and is worth developing more.

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Danny Trevathan: The prize of the Bears’ free agent class, Trevathan brings a winning pedigree from Denver and will help anchor the Bears’ front seven.

Jerrell Freeman: With Trevathan, Freeman helps form a much-improved group of inside linebackers, and he’ll routinely be found around the football this season.

Jonathan Anderson: The Bears liked Anderson’s upside better than John Timu’s and went with Anderson through final cuts.

Nick Kwiatkoski: The rookie Kwiatkoski will need to earn his stripes on special teams.

CORNERBACK

Tracy Porter: Porter had a solid season a year ago in pass coverage and will be sorely needed this year to help the young secondary around him.

Kyle Fuller: Fuller had his knee scoped a couple weeks ago and is out indefinitely. When he returns, he’ll have to fight to prove he deserves his starting job back.

Bryce Callahan: Callahan was penciled in as the nickel back prior to Fuller’s injury but he may be called upon for more active duty if Fuller’s replacements can’t get the job done.

Deiondre’ Hall: Hall was one of the bright spots in the preseason as he used his length to bat away several passes. The rookie is the preferred choice to start in place of the injured Fuller, but he has competition from the veterans.

Jacoby Glenn: Glenn saw some time with the 1’s in place of Fuller, but he has Hall breathing down his neck.

Demontre Hurst: The third-year cornerback is little more than a fringe roster player and likely won’t be counted on for any serious time on defense unless the injury bug strikes.

Sherrick McManis: McManis has been a core special teams player for the Bears for a few years now and his role will be no different.

SAFETY

Adrian Amos: Amos had a productive rookie season as a starter, but the Bears want to see growth from him in Year 2.

Harold Jones-Quartey: The Bears needed somebody to step up and snatch the other starting safety spot opposite Amos, and Jones-Quartey appears to be that guy. He plays with a mean streak and what he lacks in talent he makes up for with heart.

Deon Bush: The rookie Bush will be needed for special teams but will be pushing HJQ for time on the field on defense throughout the season.

DeAndre Houston-Carson: Houston-Carson ought to be a core special teamer and the rookie comes packing a punch.

Chris Prosinski: Prosinski is a steady veteran who mainly will be a special teamer but can be called upon into active duty if injuries rattle the safety position.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Aaron Brewer: Brewer spent time with John Fox in Denver and beat out Patrick Scales for the long-snapping job.

Robbie Gould: To say that Gould had a rocky 2015 season would be an understatement. One of the game’s all-time most accurate kickers is having some issues with his accuracy, but gets the benefit of the doubt heading into 2016.

Pat O’Donnell: The third-year punter will look to build upon his second-year success but will need to improve his net punting average.

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