The Bears released their first depth chart for the 2013 regular season, with the all-important “unofficial” label.
Rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills are listed as the first-team right guard and right tackle, respectively. Throughout the preseason, Mills was listed as a backup and Long a co-starter on the depth chart, despite their promotion following the preseason opener.
Now it’s official, or, unofficial, that the Bears will have two rookies manning the right side of the offensive line.
Taylor Boggs is listed as the backup at both center and left guard. Newly-acquired tight end Dante Rosario is third-string behind Steve Maneri and Martellus Bennett.
Jonathan Scott is the backup at left tackle, while Eben Britton is behind Mills on the strong side.
At wide receiver, Earl Bennett and Joe Anderson are the No. 3 and 4 receivers, followed by Marquess Wilson and Eric Weems. The lack of experience at wideout is noteworthy on the depth chart, when you consider that the three receivers behind Bennett have combined for 26 career catches – and that’s all from Weems, who only had two in 2012. Bennett’s status is still up in the air for Week One.
The depth chart on defense is a prime example that this is “unofficial,” as D.J. Williams is still listed as the starter at middle linebacker. While Williams has begun his return to practice from a hamstring injury, rookie Jon Bostic is expected to maintain his starting role in the middle as he did in the preseason.
Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin are listed as co-starters at defensive end. Expect Wootton to be on the field during most running downs and move inside on passing downs.
The youth can be seen on the defensive line, where there are three rookies behind the starting group (Zach Minter, David Bass and Cornelious Washington).