The Chicago Bears will treat their third and final preseason game of 2022 against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday as a dress rehearsal for Week 1. As a result, players on the Bears’ roster bubble will have fewer opportunities to make a lasting impression on general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus.
It’s fair to say that most of the Bears’ starting jobs are locked up at this point. The offensive line is settling into Larry Borom at right tackle and Teven Jenkins at right guard, which, by the way, is pretty surprising considering the signings of Riley Reiff and Michael Schofield on the eve of training camp. Don’t be surprised if one of those veteran linemen are let go.
The pecking order at wide receiver is pretty obvious with Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Velus Jones Jr., and Equanimeous St. Brown leading the way.
Rookie defensive backs Kyler Gordon (cornerback) and Jaquan Brisker (safety) should begin the year as starters, with Brisker’s status dependent on his health.
Still, there are plenty of back-of-the-roster spots up for grabs. Here are four Chicago Bears players who need a strong outing against the Cleveland Browns to solidify their position on the active roster.