It comes down to this. After weeks of hard work, the Chicago Bears will have some difficult decisions to make in cutting their roster down to 53 players.
Because head coach new Marc Trestman comes to the Bears after coaching in the Canadian Football League, it's hard to project how he sees his final roster. Instead I used the final rosters of the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars to get a general idea.The Bears offensive/coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer comes from New Orleans and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker had the same role with the Jaguars last year.
That said, the Bears are still built differently than the Saints and Jaguars and could be forced to keep a few more players at other positions.
For tie-breakers, I tried to figure what each player would bring to special teams in addition to their versatility on offense or defense.
A lot will change in the coming weeks as the Bears have many different ways they could go with each position. They could also add more players to the mix as they cut their roster down.
Here is an early look at how they might stand when they open the regular season.