As the Chicago Bears enter training camp, most fans have a general idea of who will make the team. However, it will be interesting to see who they keep on the practice squad.
Most players on the practice squad are kept because the coaching staff sees potential, but they're not quite developed enough to make an impact on game day. Keeping them on the practice squad gives the coaching staff a chance to watch their development closely and bring them up when they feel they're ready.
Sometimes, however, players are kept for depth. Injuries are a common occurrence in the NFL. It's much easier for teams to bring a player who has already been in their system than someone off the street to play.
When looking at candidates for the Bears' practice squad, I tried to pick players who fit their coaching staff and are qualified to develop.
Head coach Marc Trestman is considered a quarterback guru, although he was also the running backs coach with the Minnesota Vikings in 1985-86. He has experience working with Hall of Fame receivers Chris Carter, Jerry Rice and Tim Brown.
Offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer's resume is extensive, turning a number of afterthoughts into Pro Bowl offensive linemen.
Defensively, their depth chart is almost set. Still, there are a few players who may not be ready now but could be in the future or could play special teams in a pinch.
For the Bears, there are some familiar faces and some newcomers who are battling for spots on the roster but could end up on the practice squad. How it all shakes out will be interesting to see, but here are some candidates for the eight spots.