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Hoge's Bears Things: Initial depth chart impressions

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August 9, 2023

Happy Wednesday!

Let’s talk some depth…

The Bears released their unofficial official depth chart yesterday, which is always fun, but mostly meaningless. I like to call it that because it’s the team’s “official” depth chart, but it’s also unofficial because it almost certainly doesn’t represent what we’ll likely see Week 1, or even how we’ll see players deployed in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Titans at Soldier Field.

Regardless, I have a few takeaways…

Trevis Gipson and Kindle Vildor — It’s hard to ignore the fact that both players were listed at the bottom of their respective positions. Both players are Ryan Pace draft picks and have struggled to maintain starting positions in Alan Williams’ defense. It appears the clock is ticking on their time with the Bears.

Safety A.J. Thomas — This is a name you might want to get familiar with. Thomas was an undrafted rookie last year who saw some playing time late in the year and now appears to be a viable backup option at safety. With both Eddie Jackson and Jaquan Brisker out of practice Tuesday, Thomas had a nice practice with the starters alongside Elijah Hicks. 

Velus Jones Jr. — The Bears believe Jones is more comfortable catching punts, so the return job is his to lose. He needs to have a completely clean preseason. Any muffed punts will be magnified.

ICYMI: Tuesday’s practice recap show can be found here. You can check out Nicholas Moreano’s notes from yesterday’s practice here.

Up Next: The Bears are back on the practice field Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. We’ll have you covered with another training camp recap show at 3 p.m.

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