Projected Cuts: Demontre Hurst, Al Louis-Jean, C.J. Wilson, M.D. Jennings and Marcus Trice
Final Roster: Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Kyle Fuller, Sherrick McManis, Kelvin Hayden, Ryan Mundy, Chris Conte, Danny McCray and Brock Vereen.
While some positions on Chicago's roster seem to have a lot of clarity, the secondary has some question marks.
At cornerback, only Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and rookie Kyle Fuller are guarantees to make the roster. Veterans Sherrick McManis and Kelvin Hayden will likely claim the final two cornerback spots because of their ability on special teams and experience.
McManis will likely be one of the team's best special teams contributors this season, while Hayden will give the team a suitable backup at both cornerback spots and at nickelback.
Demontre Hurst, C.J. Wilson and rookie Al Louis-Jean saw all of the reps at cornerback against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. All three showed flashes of their potential, but each had their share of mistakes.
All three are possible candidates for the practice squad, and it seems unlikely any will make the 53-man roster.
After signing a contract on the first day of free agency, Ryan Mundy is expected to be the team's starter at strong safety come Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills.
The team released veterans Craig Steltz and Adrian Wilson earlier in the week, leaving Chris Conte, Danny McCray, Brock Vereen and M.D. Jennings to compete for the final few spots.
Conte returned last week against the Seattle Seahawks for his first preseason game following offseason shoulder surgery but suffered a concussion. Head coach Marc Trestman said after the Browns game Conte still has not been cleared to play, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
Even though he has not been cleared, it seems unlikely Conte would start the season on injured reserve. If healthy, he could end up starting alongside Mundy in Week 1.
With Mundy and Conte likely penciled in as the starters, it appears Vereen and McCray will be the final two safeties on the roster.
Vereen spent part of the offseason running with the first-team defense but dropped to the second team for much of the preseason. He should provide the team with solid depth and will be expected to compete on special teams.
The final spot will likely go to McCray, who has spent much of training camp and the preseason as the team's first-team free safety. While it is possible he could start Week 1 next to Mundy, he will likely be utilized on special teams.
With McCray grabbing the final spot, former Green Bay Packer M.D. Jennings and rookie Marcus Trice will likely be the final two safeties cut.
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Matt Eurich is an NFL/Chicago Bears Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.