Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
Where do you think the most difficult decisions will come for the Bears in determining who makes the 53-man roster?
I think the toughest decisions will come at wide receiver, primarily because it's probably the Bears' deepest position and there's a good mix of veterans and young players. It appears to me that Marc Mariani is the top reserve behind starters Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. But the rest of the depth chart is wide open. Eddie Royal is an established pro, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy. Young wideouts Joshua Bellamy, Cameron Meredith and rookie seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman all have shown promise and are capable of contributing on special teams. And then you have Marquess Wilson, who remains sidelined with a broken foot. I just named eight players and the Bears normally keep six receivers. So some tough decisions will need to be made before final cuts this coming Saturday.
Which player impressed you most in Saturday's loss to the Chiefs?
I would have to say the aforementioned Cameron Meredith stood out to me against Kansas City. The Bears are looking for playmakers who can put the ball in the end zone and that's exactly what Meredith did late in the game when he caught a pass from Connor Shaw, turned up field and dove into the end zone. Meredith made a real nice catch earlier in the game along the sideline for a 22-yard gain. I think he has underrated hands and good size and is still learning the receiver position after playing quarterback his first three years at Illinois State.
Have the Bears ever made the playoffs after going 0-4 in the preseason?
Yes they have, and you don't have to go too far back in history. The Bears went 0-4 in the preseason in 2010 and followed by winning the NFC North title with an 11-5 record, advancing to the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. So contrary to what some are writing or saying, the Bears actually have a chance to have a good season despite their lack of preseason success.