Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk: How many receivers will make roster?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

The Bears seem to be very deep at receiver. How many do you think will make the final 53-man roster?
Cleo P.
Chicago

That’s tough to project so early in training camp. I agree with you that the Bears are extremely deep at the receiver position, which no doubt will lead to some difficult decisions when final cuts are made. Special teams value likely will be a major factor in determining which receivers earn the last couple spots. Last year six receivers opened the season on the opening day roster and that very well could happen again. But general manager Ryan Pace indicated last Sunday in his pre-training camp press conference that the Bears could keep more, saying: “I think sometimes we can get caught up in, ‘Oh, we have to keep this number.’ [But] we’ll be flexible with that. Our goal is to keep the best players. If it means going a little heavy at a position, we’ll go heavy there.” The way I see it, Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Cordarrelle Patterson are locks and rookie fourth-round pick Riley Ridley likely will also make it, which could leave one or two spots open for Javon Wims, Marvin Hall, Emanuel Hall and others to battle it out.

You always hear people say that NFL teams always get better or worse; they never stay the same. When was the last time the Bears had the same record in back-to-back seasons?
Paul E.
Palatine, Illinois

The last time the Bears had the same record in consecutive seasons was when they went 4-12 in 1997 and 1998 in Dave Wannstedt’s final two years as coach. If that means the Bears are unlikely to repeat their 12-4 mark from last season, here’s hoping they win even more games in 2019.

What is the Bears’ record in games when Mitchell Trubisky has thrown for at least 300 yards?
Dave K.
Oregon

The Bears are 2-3 the past two seasons in games in which quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has passed for more than 300 yards. In 2017, they lost to the Lions 20-10 when he passed for 314 yards. In 2018, they beat the Buccaneers 48-10 (354 yards) and Lions 34-22 (355 yards), and lost to the Dolphins 31-28 in overtime (316 yards) and the Patriots 38-31 (333 yards).

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