Matt Nagy announced that Justin Fields will start the Bears’ final preseason game against the Titans this weekend, but Andy Dalton still tops the quarterback depth chart. The coach made it clear that Dalton would sit throughout Saturday’s game because he is the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1.
“We’ll be selective across the board for the other players as we go but you’re gonna see a direction of more kind of like the old school fourth preseason game for that,” Nagy said.
But beyond that, there have been a couple of shakeups along the team’s depth chart.
Dazz Newsome has moved as the No. 3 receiver behind Allen Robinson and Chris Lacy on one side. Justin Hardy was ahead of Newsome previously, but Hardy was cut last week. Newcomer Isaiah Coulter now slides behind Newsome.
Germain Ifedi has reclaimed the top spot at right tackle, pushing Lachavious “Pig” Simmons to the backup role. In addition, Larry Borom is now listed as a right tackle, although he has been taking reps from the left side in practice. At left tackle, Elijah Wilkinson has also retained the top spot, with newcomer Jason Peters sliding in behind him. That will be a position battle to watch as camp continues.
Moving to the defense, the only change has been Alec Ogletree moving up ahead of Joel Iyiegbuniwe. As a camp star, Ogletree seems to have locked up a roster spot despite being a midsummer signee.
Finally, the Bears now list Newsome as the primary punt returner, ahead of Damiere Byrd. But the Bears will likely continue to give more players more chances to make an impact in the return game.
It’s important to note that the depth chart will continue to change as the regular season gets closer and closer, but this is where it stands now after the team announced major decisions for the final preseason game.