Bears final minicamp observations

Bears final minicamp observations
April 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
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There was a lot to observe during the Bears' three day veteran mini camp, but we are a long way from determining the success the team could have in the fall.

One thing that is safe to say is just like in each of the last few years, the front office has done a good job upgrading the talent level. The tight ends from top to bottom look more athletic than the group that was here last year.

There has been a lot of focus on the offensive line. But as we all know, their real test will come during game action. Head coach Marc Trestman did mention the need to find a group of five and try and stay with them to allow them to gel and build chemistry. Don't forget though that the Lovie Smith staff had hoped to do the same thing. If this staff can identify their top 6-7 guys, which they will, then the battles can play out in camp and be settled well before the regular season. It appears that Gabe Carimi will have to earn his way into the lineup as a guard. The first two guys at right tackle will be J'Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott. Roberto Garza will be the center, Matt Slauson and James Brown will get the first show at the guards and, of course, Jermon Bushrod at left tackle.

The depth at wide receiver could use a boost. Outside of Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery it's a wide open race as of now. They do have some young players that may get a chance to earn a roster spot depending on what happens in the draft.

Defensively, the group looks like it did last year outside of the loss of Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach, but that shouldn't be a big concern. Both D.J. Williams and James Anderson look athletic and run well.

The defensive line is in tact from last season minus Israel Idonije, but it's another area that could use depth. Two players that seem to continue to get quicker and exude more confidence are Corey Wootton and Stephen Paea.

The secondary should line up with the same four starters that played last season.

There will still be a lot of questions all the way through training camp this summer. Improved talent doesn't necessarily mean a better record.

The next mini camp is for rookies which begins on May 10. That will be our first chance to see the draft picks and rookie free agents.