The Chicago Bears will cut their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here’s a projection:
Coach Matt Nagy kept two quarterbacks on the active roster last season. Look for veteran Tyler Bray to be signed to the practice squad.
The top three are set -- Cohen, Davis and Montgomery. That leaves filling the fourth slot. Whyte -- drafted in the seventh round -- has good speed and value in the return game.
The offseason addition of Patterson -- a quality multipurpose threat -- almost forces the Bears to keep six receivers. Wims has looked really sharp in the preseason. Ridley missed time early with a hamstring injury, but he was drafted in the fourth round of out Georgia, meaning he likely stays.
The Bears aren’t thrilled with their tight ends. Chicago could opt to sign or claim a tight end after final cuts. Undrafted rookie Ian Bunting is also pushing to make the 53-man roster, but Sowell (a converted offensive lineman) has a slight edge because he played for the team last season.
Since tackle T.J. Clemmings (quad) is out for the year and Coward is dealing with an injury, it’s entirely possible look outside the organization for backup offensive linemen help.
The Bears are still waiting for Bullard -- a former third-round pick -- to unlock his potential. Bullard making the team is hardly a no-brainer. Williams is another big body at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds.
Lynch has been bothered by a shoulder injury but should be ready for Week 1. At some point, the Bears need to decide whether to extend Trevathan, who turns 30 next offseason. James Vaughters, formerly of the Packers, Patriots and Chargers, has flashed in the preseason and is in contention for one of the last linebacker spots. So is Josh Woods.
Rookie Stephen Denmark is another intriguing prospect at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, but he’s probably better off spending a year on the practice squad. Undrafted rookie Clifton Duck also has turned heads in the preseason.
Kicker is still very fluid. The Bears could claim or sign a kicker if they have doubts about Pineiro.