Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.
The Chicago Bears made their final cuts to reach the 53-man roster limit.
Chicago still has unanswered questions and important roster decisions looming.
Dan Durkin breaks down which Bears are fighting for a roster spot ahead of the preseason finale.
If the third preseason game is truly a dress rehearsal, the Bears need a wardrobe change.
The simplicity of the Seahawks’ defense lets talent dominate, but here’s how to beat it.
The Bears’ passing game has taken shape while the running game remains grounded.
Game tape doesn’t lie, and it shows where McClellin struggled against the Eagles.
Robbie Gould’s back, but Chicago’s looking for a new punter, holder, snapper and kick returner.
Keep an eye on how the reserve running backs like Ka’Deem Carey perform.
“If we can add 100 plays to what we already did, that would be a great starting point,” Marc Trestman says.
At most, only six of the 53 players who make the Bears roster with be from the previous regime.
Three rookies are getting meaningful first-team reps on defense.
The Bears held their first padded practice of 2014 on Sunday in front of a raucous crowd of faithful fans.
Fales has quality anticipation and pocket awareness but needs to improve his arm strength.
Vereen is a sure tackler who’s good at reading keys, but his ball skills and footwork need work.
Carey displays great vision and finishes runs, but he needs to work on his blocking and gain a few pounds.
Sutton is quick with good hands, but his conditioning and run defending need to improve.
Ferguson is a stout run defender and light on his feet but needs to better use his hands and pads.
Fuller’s versatile and physical, but his footwork and tackling form have room to improve.
The high/low attack can stretch the defense vertically and horizontally if executed correctly.