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Cutler had a very solid season a year ago, completing 64.4% of his passes for 3659 yards with 21 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions. His confidence has increased, his mistakes have decreased and at 33-years of age it appears that Jay Cutler has finally figured things out. He is blessed with a cannon for an arm, great athleticism and all the tools to be an outstanding NFL quarterback but often his decision making prowess was lacking on the field. He is certainly a more competent quarterback today than he was in years past and he should put up similar numbers to last season.
David Fales and Matt Blanchard are two quarterback with minimal NFL ability and no real experience to draw upon so good luck to the Chicago Bears if Jay Cutler goes down with injury.
Jeremy Langford carried the ball 148 times as a rookie last year for 537 yards with 7 total touchdowns. He had some good moments and had a lot of work over the second half of the season. He has a good initial burst and displayed nice patience last year waiting for blocks to develop. He also had some nice moments catching the ball and he is likely the leader to win the starting running back job. He runs hard and is a high energy player.
Carey has had marginal production in his first two years in the league but the former 4th round pick from Arizona could see more work in 2016 after the Bears did not re-sign veteran running back Matt Forte. He only averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 43 carries last year but did score 3 touchdowns in spot duty. Carey runs hard and with conviction on every carry and will give the team everything he has.
Jordan Howard is a 6th round pick from Indiana this season who has some intriguing upside for a late round pick. He is a big, bruising running back who can also be elusive if the situation calls for it. He has all the tools needed to challenge for the starting job in Chicago.
Daniel Braverman, Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson
Despite injuries costing him seven games last season, Alshon Jeffery still caught 54 passes for 807 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had a 96-reception pace which is very similar to the 89 and 85 reception seasons in had in 2013 and 2014. Blessed with great size and natural ability, he has all the tools to be a top-ten fantasy receiver for a long time to come and he appears to have good chemistry with
quarterback Jay Cutler. At just 26-years of age, this former 2nd round pick from South Carolina is ready to be a household name for the next decade if he can stay healthy.
The Bears signed Eddie Royal in free agency last season but he had a rather forgettable year. In nine games, Royal did catch 37 passes but only 238 yards and a single score. If Kevin White is healthy and able to go, Royal with certainly be reduced to a role guy going forward.
The 7th overall pick in the draft last season, White unfortunately went down with a shin injury and missed his entire rookie campaign. White has the size at 6'3, the speed at 4.35 in the forty and the catch radius to be a star receiver. He has the strength to dominant opposing cornerbacks and with work, White has top five potential at the receiver position. However he may struggle to regain his form for awhile heading into this year so expectations must be tempered. He will see the field as a WR2 or WR3 and 40-50 receptions is the most likely scenario.
Wilson elevated his play somewhat in his third season and he finished with 28 receptions for 464 yards and a score. He appears to be the fourth or fifth option at the receiver position in Chicago though so don't expect fantasy numbers worth drafting him in your drafts.
Khari Lee, Rob Housler, Gannon Sinclair
Zach Miller emerged as a favorite of Jay Cutler over the final seven games last season when he caught 39 passes and 4 touchdowns. The 31 year old tight end really got on the same page with quarterback Cutler and there is a good chance for a 60+ reception season in 2016.
There is not much to get excited about amongst the backups. so look elsewhere for your fantasy tight ends
Projected Starters: LT Charles Leno, LG Cody Whitehair (rookie), C Hroniss Grasu, RG Kyle Long, RT Bobbie Massie
Key Backups: Manny Ramirez, Ted Larsen, Tayo Fabuluje
I am not in love with this group but do recognized that there is some upside here. Cody Whitehair was drafted out of Kansas State and he has the talent to step right in and do a great job at guard. With Kyle long expected to slide back inside to right guard after playing out of position at tackle last year, the Bears have two dynamite, young guards to build around. Bobby Massie is a decent option to slot into right tackle and the free agent pickup stepping in as tackle allows Long back to guard as stated above. I am not in love with Charles Leno and there are multiple ways the team could attempt to slide him out as a starter. He will need a good camp to remain entrenched at the position. Hroniss Grasu is a young center who is getting better but needs to continue to make improvements in his game to reach the next level. Put it together and the Bears offensive line is good enough to get it done but not great enough to be exciting. Kind of a middle of the pack group for this year.
Robbie Gould: Dependable long-term starter for the Bears.