The defensive front was looking much improved with the arrival of Jaye Howard, return to health of Eddie Goldman and dramatic improvements from Johnathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris.
But with Bullard and Mitch Unrein banged up the last couple of weeks, the release of Howard is a bit of a surprise, and Goldman has to show up a lot more than he has.
Linebacker is better because Leonard Floyd is much improved and Danny Trevathan will be back soon, but how much to expect from Pernell McPhee is a huge question. That makes the failure of Houston to make it all the way back that much more disappointing.
The talent in the secondary appears to be upgraded and rookie safety Eddie Jackson shows promise, but Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper have both been wounded and limited at times, and Quintin Demps' play has been uneven.
Kyle Fuller had the best training camp of any Bears defensive back so how improved is this group?
With only five wide receivers - realistically only three you’d want on the field - and five tight ends plus a fullback currently, it’s clear there will be a few more changes to the team's 53-man roster, most likely prior to the opener against Atlanta.
That’s a good thing. Because for the moment, this group leaves you feeling a little flat at best.