Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk: What is Bears’ deepest position?

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.

What do you consider the deepest position on the Bears roster entering training camp?
Sal P.
Berea, Ohio

I’d probably say the wide receiver position. The Bears will go to camp with Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Riley Ridley, Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims, Emanuel Hall and Marvin Hall, among others. With that much talent and depth, there should be some pretty intense competition for playing time in training camp and the preseason. General manager Ryan Pace and his staff deserve a lot of credit for completely revamping the position. The five receivers who made the opening day roster in 2017 were Joshua Bellamy, Deonte Thompson, Markus Wheaton, Kevin White and Kendall Wright.

I’m bringing my kids to watch the Bears practice at Olivet Nazarene University. What’s the key to getting autographs?
Fred K.
Dyer, Indiana

Several players typically stop and sign autographs after every practice. The best place to stand is near the area where the players walk off the field and into the locker room. There’s even a section for kids 12-and-under. Another option is to stand behind the goalpost that’s closest to where the players leave the field. Many of them stop in that area to sign away from the crush of people. Here are a couple tips: Bring a Sharpie or two, and if you’re trying to get a player’s attention, yell their name and not their jersey number.

I recently saw your top 10 photo gallery of unbreakable Bears records. If you had to pick one record that could be broken this year, what would it be?
David H.
Schaumburg, Illinois

If I had to pick one major record that could be broken, I’m going to go with Erik Kramer’s single-season passing mark of 3,838 yards. Entering his second year in the offense and surrounded by playmakers, Mitchell Trubisky is primed to have an excellent season. If he’s able to stay healthy and start all 16 games, he would have to average 240 yards per game to break the record—something that I believe he’s capable of doing. Of course, like Trubisky said during minicamp, the only statistic that matters to him is wins and losses.

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