Five positions to watch in Bears final cuts

As the Chicago Bears prepare to close the preseason and assemble their 53-man roster, here are five spots to watch:

1. Punter…Veteran Pat O’Donnell rates a slight edge over rookie Ryan Winslow due to his experience, but it’s close. Winslow, who kicked collegiately at Pittsburgh, has demonstrated a strong leg and good hang time. He’ll likely end up on an NFL roster sometime this season. Will it be in Chicago?

2. Wide Receiver…Rookie seventh-rounder Javon Wims appears to be a lock based on his strong preseason. With the Bears seemingly in love with Josh Bellamy as a core special teamer, he’ll probably survive the final cutdown.  That means the Bears keep six receivers, Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, and Kevin White. READ MORE

Top pick Smith agrees to terms with Bears

Following a protracted holdout that saw him miss the Bourbonnais portion of Chicago Bears training camp, first-round draft choice Roquan Smith is set to join the Bears.

Various outlets report the deal is a four-year contract worth roughly $18.4million dollars, with an estimated $11.5 million guaranteed.

Smith, the former Georgia linebacker and Butkus Awad winner, will be on hand as the Bears hold joint practices with the Broncos in the Denver area this week before playing a preseason game on Saturday night. His availability for workouts or action in the contest are undetermined. READ MORE

Fourth and goal: Bears fall short in Cincy

Quick thoughts after the Chicago Bears 30-27 loss to Cincinnati Thursday night in the Queen City.

1. Bears first team offense, specifically, QB Mitch Trubisky, needs more developmental playing time to continue his growth and to work out the kinks in the new offense. Trubisky’s two series of action netted -1 total yards. Drops and mental errors by teammates contributed to the ineffectiveness, but Trubisky’s limited experience was on display when he held onto the ball two long and took a sack.

2. Kevin White remains a major question mark. In limited action, the Bears targeted White frequently, with little payback in return. His drop of a potential first down catch added insult to injury in a lackluster offensive effort. Despite all the talk that White is healthy and ready to make an impact, he appears light years away from the player Chicago drafted with a top ten pick. READ MORE