ker depth already getting tested Once all the inside linebackers are healthy and under contract for the Chicago Bears Chicago Bears Hats , this position group should be a real strength. But so far at camp, this is the thinnest position group on the roster. So thin, that they had to sign a guy off the street just to be able to practice two deep at the position. Week one against the Packers is still a long way off, so it should all work out, right?Roster LocksRoquan Smith will sign eventually. My guess is by the weekend if not before. If this drags on another week Ir17;ll be concerned, but so far his absence is in the news because the Bears are only one of two teams that have reported to camp.Players only have so much wiggle room when it comes to their contracts, so I donr17;t fault them for getting everything they can. The Bears are just protecting their interests, but at some point they need to realize getting Smith locked up and at practice is the best thing for the franchise. Fellow rookie Joel Iyiegbuniwe tweaked his shoulder and has been held out for a couple days now. The Bears discovered Danny Trevathanr17;s hamstring injury on the first day of camp, and we havenr17;t heard much about it since then. This could very well be them being extra cautious with a player that is a no-doubt-about-it starter. Nick Kwiatkoski has benefited from the extra time with the ones in camp, but his roster spot was never in question. He was even spotted working some at outside linebacker during camp so far Chicago Bears Womens Hoodie , which would line up with the offseason reports that the Bears were thinking about having him slide into the Christian Jones (ILB/OL role. A good bet to make itEvery year of the Vic Fangio era, the Bears opened up with four inside linebackers on the 53-man roster, so if we go off that, then those four I listed as locks will make it awfully hard for a bubble guy to break through. But if one were to make it as a fifth ILB...On the bubble... I think that would be John Timu. Ir17;ve always liked the way Timu plays football. Her17;s not the most athletic, but his instincts are sound and her17;s made himself into a decent special teamer. Josh Woods, who is converting from defensive back, and Ror17;Derrick Hoskins, who just signed yesterday, are both trying to impress enough to make the practice squad. EDIT: Depth concerns led the Bears to add Ror17;Derrick Hoskins, but her17;ll have an uphill climb to the final roster.Another game ball for the Bearsr17; Khalil Mack For the second time in six days Womens Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , the Chicago Bears found themselves in the win column. Also for the second straight week, the win wasnr17;t pretty but somehow they find themselves in first place for the first time in almost five years.The offense continues to struggle to gain traction, while the defense continues to play at an elite level. Not much changed from week 2, but the most important thing is another win early in the season against a conference opponent. While there was more bad than good on Sunday r12; at least from my perspective r12; there was still enough to be excited about. The best news of all? The Bears are 2-1, and somehow in first place atop the NFC North. Therer17;s always some joy to take out of that, even if itr17;s still very early in the season.Letr17;s take a look at who earned the game ball on each side of the ball on Sunday.OLB Khalil MackJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsFor the second time in three games, Mack earns the game ball for the defensive unit. Itr17;s been almost unbelievable how impactful the 27-year-old has been over the first three games of the season.On Sunday, he continued his dominance with five tackles, three quarterback hits, two sacks and a forced fumble www.bearsfootballauthentics.com , which was his third of the season. On the year, Mack has four sacks, leads the league in quarterback pressures and has taken a borderline top 10 unit into elite status.It was always a gamble giving up multiple picks, on top of making a player the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, yet I continue to wonder if her17;s being paid enough.A safe argument can be made that without Mack, this is a Bears team that is likely 0-3. That speaks to the impact that the former Raider has had so far on the young season.As a team, the Bears have 14 sacks and eight turnovers. Thatr17;s hard to fathom at this point in time.Itr17;s also easy to credit a lot of the uptick in defensive production to Mack, who has been the best defensive player in the league.Honorable Mention: CB Sherrick McManisJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsThis may come as somewhat of a surprise to some fans but after a key interception that led to a key field goal and a sack, McManisr17; impact was a big one. The special teams ace has seen his fair share of opportunities on defense in dime packages, usually as a blitzing corner but not many would have expected him to make a game changing interception in the third quarter.Long story short Chicago Bears T-Shirt , McManis more than earned his paycheck in Sundayr17;s win.TE Trey BurtonMike DiNovo-USA TODAY SportsThere wasnr17;t a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball this week. The Bears ended up with 316 total yards but not many players truly stood out. In these types of situations, you have to get creative in looking for the good but itr17;s out there.Enter Burton.Therer17;s no way around it. The Bears offense has not been good. Even so, Burtonr17;s involvement in the offense continues to ramp up and itr17;ll be a key factor to why we see improvement from a struggling unit.Burton is fresh off a four-year, $32 million deal, so one would expect his production to pick up eventually. Despite not having more than 350 yards in a single season, the former Eaglesr17; Super Bowl starr17;s role in this teamr17;s offense is a big one. He finished the game with four catches for 55 yards, but it was how his catches came to be that was the big impact in Sundayr17;s win.Herer17;s Burtonr17;s big catches:14 yards at their own 10 yard line.25 yards to flip the field. Resulted in a field goal.While itr17;s not exactly what you want on a weekly basis, Burton has eight catches and a touchdown over the last two games. His involvement in this brand new offense is only continuing to grow and should continue to do so over the course of the season. Better quarterback play should only help that.