The Chicago Bears must cut their roster to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here’s a final 53-man roster projection:
The Bears could keep two quarterbacks, but they seem to value Sanchez’s influence behind the scenes.
Langford makes the 53 because Ka'Deem Carey underwent wrist surgery.
Special teams matter. That’s why I kept both Bellamy and Thompson. Gentry earned a roster spot, in my opinion, based on his stellar preseason. Chicago probably didn’t see enough from Victor Cruz to keep him around.
I took Braunecker over Daniel Brown, again, because of special-teams value. Regardless, a good player is going to be cut at tight end.
Backup offensive linemen have to be able to play multiple positions, which is why I went with Compton, Grasu and Poehls.
Originally I predicted the Bears would keep six defensive linemen, but Robertson-Harris' strong camp convinced me to increase that number to seven.
Dan Skuta is another linebacker the Bears like, but he’s been banged up. I kept Houston (even though he costs a lot more money) over Sam Acho because Houston has made big plays in the past. Although, Houston did suffer an injury in Thursday night's second half.
The Bears have to keep Fuller after Amukamara went down with an ankle injury.
I left off Deiondre' Hall -- who can play both cornerback and safety -- because he suffered an apparent injury in the preseason finale. Jones-Quartey gets the nod over Deon Bush because his overall body of work is more consistent.
The Bears could always claim a different kicker or long-snapper after the final cuts come down.