The Bears released their first official depth chart today, and it falls in line with what has been reported from training camp. Some items of note:
-- Roy Williams and Devin Hester are the starting wideouts, followed by Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox. Though Knox was the Bears' leading receiver last year, he has been plagued with back stiffness and Williams has fit in well in the offensive scheme. Ohio State product Dane Sanzenbacher is third string with Sam Hurd. Andy Fantuz, the Canadian export, is behind them.
-- Kellen Davis is the starting tight end over new signee Matt Spaeth and veteran Desmond Clark. With Greg Olsen's departure, Davis is expected to play a bigger role. He'll have a chance to show off how he can handle being a starter during pre-season games.
-- The starting O-line goes, from left to right, J'Marcus Webb, Chris Williams, Roberto Garza, Lance Louis, Gabe Carimi. The line has earned high marks throughout camp.
-- Jay Cutler and Matt Forte are starting at quarterback and running back. That's no surprise. What is of interest are their back-ups: Caleb Hanie is second string QB with Nathan Enderle behind him, and Chester Taylor is behind Forte, with Marion Barber in the third spot.
-- The defensive line is Julius Peppers, Henry Melton, Anthony Adams, Israel Idonije, with Matt Toeina working in reps at both tackle spots. Expect to see plenty of Corey Wootton, as he will back up both Idonije and Peppers.
-- Nick Roach has earned the starting linebacker spot next to Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Brian Iwuh is backing up Briggs and is expected to play a major role in special teams.
-- Starting backfield has Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings at the corners and Chris Harris and Major Wright in the safety spots. Harris has moved to the free safety from strong safety, but he told NBC Chicago that he is comfortable in that role.
-- Pro Bowl kick returner Hester will start in that role, helped out by Earl Bennett. Danieal Manning, who is now with the Texans, used to be the Bears other main kick returner.
Expect to see this starting line-up on Saturday night, when the Bears take the field against the Bills for their first pre-season game. For players who are further down the chart than they expected, they still have plenty of time to prove themselves.