Jeff Dickerson writes that the position battle worth watching for the Bears this summer is at running back. While Jeremy Langford is expected to be the favorite to replace Matt Forte, Dickerson mentions that “Chicago is not simply going to hand him the job“, which means he’ll face competition from Ka’Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgersand rookie Jordan Howard.
Dickerson believes OLCody Whitehair is the rookie worth keeping an eye on when it comes to a securing a starting job right out of the game. Other potential day-1 starters for the Bears could include S Deon Bush and DL Jonathan Bullard.
As for first-round pick Leonard Floyd, Dickerson says that he could begin the year in a situational role.
According to Dickerson, veteran WR Marc Mariani‘s roster spot could be in jeopardy, due to a logjam at receiver.
Rob Demovsky writes that the Packers may have to consider keeping seven receivers on their 53-man roster this summer.
According to Demovsky, Jared Abbrederis is the guy to watch this summer, as he came on for the Packers last year and was “exceptional” in OTAs, according to HC Mike McCarthy.
Former second-round pick Davonte Adams will face competition for the No. 3 receiver job from Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett writes that 2015 first-round pick Andrus Peat is in better shape this summer, but the team still doesn’t know where he’ll line up this year. Peat could end up playing either right tackle or right guard for them in 2016, so he could get an opportunity to beat out Zach Strief for the job.
No surprise, but Triplett expects first-round pick Sheldon Rankins to play “a ton” with the expectation being that he’ll make a “major impact” in year one.
According to Triplett, veteran RB C.J. Spiller could be on the chopping block this summer.