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Bears reveal Week 1 depth chart

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The Bears on Tuesday released their first unofficial regular season 53-man depth chart in advance of Sunday night's opener against the Rams in Los Angeles.

Here are a few items of note:

• Receiver Nsimba Webster is listed as the No. 1 punt returner ahead of receiver Damiere Byrd. 

The Bears claimed Webster off waivers from the 49ers last Wednesday. He entered the NFL with the Rams in 2019 as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Washington. In 21 games the past two seasons with Los Angeles, Webster averaged 6.3 yards on 32 punt returns and 22.4 yards on 18 kickoff returns. The 5-10, 180-pounder played just eight snaps on offense and had no receptions.

Webster was waived by the Rams July 21 and claimed by the 49ers. He was then waived by San Francisco last Tuesday as part of final cuts.

Last week general manager Ryan Pace described Webster as "not only a good returner, but also a really good four core special teams player. He's a really good gunner, he's really good on kickoff coverage."

• Rookie sixth-round running back Khalil Herbert is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner, ahead of Webster.

In preseason action, Herbert averaged 19.9 yards on eight kickoff returns with a long of 25 yards. A full-time returner last year at Virginia Tech for the first time in five college seasons, he averaged 26.9 yards on 16 kickoff returns.

• Second-year pro Kindle Vildor is listed as a starting cornerback opposite Jaylon Johnson. Vildor's main competition for the job was veteran free-agent acquisition Desmond Trufant, who was released as part of final cuts. Duke Shelley and Artie Burns are the Bears' second-string cornerbacks.

• Rookie fifth-round pick Larry Borom will back up veteran Jason Peters at left tackle, while veteran Elijah Wilkinson is the Bears' second-string right tackle behind Germain Ifedi. Alex Bars is the backup at both guard positions.

Coach Juan Castillo wants Borom to focus on one position as part of his transition into the NFL.

"He's young, so what I'm trying to do is keep him on one side and Elijah on the other side," Castillo said. "I think that makes it easier."

Roster move: The Bears on Tuesday signed linebacker Josh Woods to their practice squad. Woods was waived by the team Tuesday.

Senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the Bears' top 10 Week 1 wins he's witnessed since he began covering the team in 1992.

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Larry Mayer

Bears Senior Writer

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