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Projected 2015 starters: Chicago Bears

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Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Bears Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Jay Cutler DE Ray McDonald
  RB Matt Forte DT Eddie Goldman
  WR1 Alshon Jeffrey DE Jay Ratliff
  WR2 Kevin White OLB Pernell McPhee
  WR3 Eddie Royal ILB Jon Bostic
  TE Martellus Bennett ILB Mason Foster
  LT Jermon Bushrod OLB Jared Allen
  LG Matt Slauson CB1 Tim Jennings
  C Hroniss Grasu CB2 Kyle Fuller
  RG Kyle Long SS Antrel Rolle
  RT Jordan Mills FS Brock Vereen

» I'm as guilty as anyone for overlooking this front seven, but after seeing the broader view, Chicago has some sneaky depth along the line. Pernell McPhee and Jared Allen should shine in this new defense, and Jon Bostic, a former second-round pick, should get freed up to make some more plays depending on how rookie Eddie Goldman comes along.

» Let's get this out of the way: Jay Cutler is the Bears' starting quarterback. It makes the most sense. They tried to get out of it. They could not. They tried to move up for Marcus Mariota. They could not. If this team is going to win games this year, it's going to be on defense.

» By the time the Bears have their quarterback of the future, they should have a solid offensive line. If nothing else, drafting someone like Hroniss Grasu is a nod toward what is coming. While he might not win the battle in training camp, it's certainly in Adam Gase's best interest to get Grasu's feet wet at some point this year.

» How much better does Kevin White make this offense? That's the big question. While the Odell Beckham effect is a longshot, White is in a system that can place him in more than a few single-coverage situations assuming that Alshon Jeffery continues to progress. At the end of the day, we're still looking at a machine dependent on Cutler and a healthy and productive Matt Forte.

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