Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/6/12
The Chicago Bears have added a lot of key players in Free Agency and through the Draft. Through tape, rumors, and information that is out on the  web, you can put the pieces together and figure out their starting lineup.
Offense Quarterback

Jay Cutler - There is no question that Jay will be the Bears' starting quarterback for the 2012 season.

Jason Campbell - The Bears signed Jason Campbell to a one-year contract because they wanted to have someone who could help them win if Cutler goes down--lesson they learned with the Hanie experiment. 

Josh McCown- A player who proved in a limited amount of time that he could play, learn quickly, and be a decent backup.
 

Running Back Michael Bush- Bush is the insurance plan that most teams wish they had. If Forte does hold out or gets injured, the Bears will be able to continue right on pace with Bush.

Matt Forte- As long as he signs his tender and realizes that he is asking for too much money, he should be the starter for years to come. As of now, Bush will be taking his reps and playing time until he signs.

Kahlil Bell- Bell did great in his few starts and few touches but fumbled too much. If he can work on that, he could get bumped up to number two or become a player Chicago could trade for picks.
Fullback

Tyler Clutts - Clutts did a great job at blocking but is not the most stellar passing option. He will have competition with the Bears drafting Evan Rodriguez.

Evan Rodriguez - The Bears drafted him because they wanted to add a player that can block, catch, and out run defenders.

Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall - The Bears traded for a No. 1 receiver that not only is good but already has great chemistry with Jay Cutler. 

Alshon Jeffery - The Bears drafted literally another Marshall to groom for the future. Their college pros and cons are very similar. Cutler has been asking for guys over 6'2" and he has been rewarded.

Earl Bennett - This guy just catches footballs and is always in the right spot at the right time. Bennett was Cutler's only target in 2011 and he will still get some targets, but his average height and low speed will hurt him.

Devin Hester - Many are going to ask why not Knox. When Emery talks about the receiving corps, he has yet to petition Johnny Knox unless someone asks about him. Knox is looking to be put on the PUP list. Hester is at this spot because Emery told everyone that there will be a Hester Package. Thus, Hester will still get playing time at the wide receiver position.

Eric Weems - When Hester or Bennett are tired, Weems can come in and the offense not miss a step.
Tight End Kellen Davis - Lovie Smith talked up Kellen Davis saying he could be just like any of the premier tight ends in the league. Let's hope so because another target for Cutler would be great.

Evan Rodriguez - Evan was drafted to compete with Tyler Clutts for the fullback position and to play tight end other times. Should be interesting to see how Tice uses this guy. Evan has a lot of upside.

Matt Spaeth - Spaeth will be used on mostly blocking downs and occasional passes. He has average hands and average blocking. 
Left Tackle J'Marcus Webb - Tice has a lot of faith in this guy and it is apparent that the Bears do too after they passed on Riley Reiff, the second best tackle in the Draft. 

Chris Williams - Yes, this is the same guy that starts at Left Guard but he is the only guy right now that the Bears could put at Left Tackle and make do.
Left Guard Chris Williams - If he comes back healthy and plays at the level he was last year before the injury, he should be able to hold on to his spot.

Edwin Williams- This guy came in and played really well. Edwin will be breathing down Chris's neck if he doesn't perform like he was. 
Center Roberto Garza - Garza was playing out of his position last year and did an okay job. The years of experience and being the better center on the roster is the reason he is the starter.

Chris Spencer - Spencer has a job because he was the guy Angelo picked up in case Kreutz didn't come back or if Garza could not play Center. Right now, he doesn't have a secure spot either because the Bears now have 9 guards on their roster.
Right Guard Lance Louis - Lance played out of his position at Right Tackle and did a decent job. He will have no problem getting his Right Guard spot back because the guy is a mauler and seems to play the way Tice likes. Tice is very high on Louis and has made comments that he would find a spot on the line for him if there was not one.

Chris Spencer - Played decently for a guy that was a former first round pick. Tice said that he was surprised at how well he improved himself over the course of the season. Spencer should keep his job as a backup and might get a shot at center if Garza does not stay healthy.
Right Tackle Gabe Carimi - The Bears only got two games out of him but in those two games he played pretty well. The main concern is if he can continue to play and when will he be healthy. Carimi was placed on the IR list on Nov. 18, 2011 and is still not fully healed yet.

Lance Louis - Lance did a great job at filling in for Carimi. No he was not an All-Pro tackle but it was not his position and he did well when offered the task.
Defense Left Defensive End
Shea McClellin - The Bears drafted Shea to play opposite of Julius Peppers. Peppers is constantly double and sometimes triple teamed. Shea will have a lot of one-on-one matchups and will go against what many consider the weak side of the offensive line. 

Israel Idonjie - After a good year in 2010 he took a big step backwards. Israel will have a chance to be in the rotation for Defensive End but he is not going to be the starter unless someone is injured.
Right Defensive End Julius Peppers - Great athlete and a great player. Peppers will not lose his spot unless he is injured or if he regresses. I don't see either happening.

Israel Idonjie- Someone has to come in and give Peppers a break and Israel can hold up either Defensive End spot.
Defensive Tackle 

Henry Melton- Melton showed flashes of his potential and continued to perform throughout the season. He should be able to keep his spot bearing an improvement in Paea or Idonjie.

Israel Idonjie - This will shock a lot of you but I think the Bears will put Idonjie back at Defensive Tackle and hope to rotate him around the D-line.

Stephen Paea - With Amobi Okoye and Anthony Adams gone, Paea will have every chance to get the No. 2 spot or play at the nose tackle position.

Nose Tackle Stephen Paea - Paea will have a lot pressure and Idonjie will be knocking on the back door. Paea showed flashes but was not very consistent in his play. Rod Marinelli has given Paea credit for improving his game with limited playing time.

Israel Idonjie - I think Israel will have a great shot at beating Paea but time will tell. 

Matt Toeaina - The tape on him in 2010 was a player with a great motor and quick first step. I don't know where it went in 2011 but he will have to work his way back  to get past the young guys like Paea and Melton to get more playing time.
Will Linebacker Lance Briggs - A player that got his pay raise and has been a great player for the Chicago Bears.

Nick Roach - A backup that has experience at each Linebacker position. 

Geno Hayes - This was a nice backup to compete with Roach to increase his game and to see if Hayes can be a starting Linebacker in the NFL.
Middle Linebacker

Brain Urlacher - As long as he comes back 100% healed from his knee injury, he will be the starting Middle Linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

Nick Roach - Roach took over the MLB position when Urlacher was hurt in 2009. As of now, he is the only guy that the Bears could trust to at least play decently if Urlacher went down.

Dom DeCicco - Dom has the size and speed but the Bears do not know if he is ready to be a starter just yet. The preseason games will tell us a lot about Dom and where to put him on the depth chart. 
 

Sam Linebacker Geno Hayes - Geno is going to beat out Nick Roach and will have shot to prove that he can be a starter in the NFL. It won't be easy considering Nick Roach will be doing his damnest to keep his spot.

Nick Roach- The fact that they went and got Geno, should tell you that they would like a better player and that he is not the guy they want. Nick needs to take that as fuel to become a better Sam Linebacker and step it up.
Cornerback

Charles Tillman - Tillman finally got the recognition he deserved with his trip to the Pro Bowl. I just hope he continues to perform at a high level and doesn't play like he is over 30.

Tim Jennings- Jennings lost his spot at one time but gained it back. He will have some stiff competition from Hayden and the draft picks but should be able to hold his own.

Kelvin Hayden - A Tampa-2 corner who can come in and challenge Jennings for the No. 2 spot.

Jonathan Wilhite - A one-year player that could prove to be a nice pickup if he can perform. 
 

Nickelback DJ Moore- Moore has locked down this position and has performed at a high level. The only surprise is the fact that Lovie has not tried him at corner yet.

Greg McCoy- A draft pick that should be able to compete for a backup spot.
Free Safety Chris Conte - Conte played well for a rookie and is a very solid tackler. He should be better with a year OTA's and a year of experience under his belt.

Craig Steltz - A reliable safety and special team player.
Strong Safety Major Wright - Major will still have the starting spot but he will have a rookie breathing down his neck if he doesn't perform like he is supposed to. 

Brandon Hardin - The tape is not impressive on Hardin but his size and speed will be enough to give him a shot if Major Wright messes up.





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