I call this the "initial" roster because as the other teams' cuts are announced, I'm sure that the Bears will be adding and subtracting from this roster in order to take on players from other organizations as needs fit. Despite what Ryan Pace had to say about not requiring players from other teams, the Bears are thin in several places, including WR, so it would not be a surprise to see some names change shortly.
Remember, one team's trash is another team's treasure.
However, the Bears, like all NFL teams, were required to trim their roster to 53. Here is how the roster shakes out at this time:
Quarterbacks (3): Mike Glennon; Mark Sanchez; Mitch Trubisky. Some were surprised that Chicago kept Sanchez, but I was not surprised at all. The Bears truly don't want Trubisky to play early on and Sanchez has been a good soldier and is expected to serve as a mentor. He will backup Glennon Week 1 vs Atlanta.
Wide Receivers (5): Kevin White; Josh Bellamy; Kendall Wright; Deonte Thompson; Markus Wheaton. I was surprised that Victor Cruz got cut—I thought he would serve as the primary slot receiver for the Bears. Another guy I liked who was cut was Tanner Gentry, who they hope to add to the practice squad. With the injury to Cameron Meredith, the Bears will probably pluck a player from elsewhere on Sunday.
Note that this is the first time in awhile that the Bears have not kept six wideouts.
Running Backs (5): Jordan Howard; Jeremy Langford; Tarik Cohen; Benny Cunningham; Michael Burton (Fullback). Bears placed Ka'Deem Carey on IR.
Tight Ends (5): Zach Miller; Adam Shaheen; Dion Sims; Ben Braunecker; Daniel Brown. I was mildly surprised they kept both Broan and Braunecker, but I guess they like Braunecker on special teams.
Offensive Line (8): Kyle Long; Cody Whitehair; Charles Leno; Bobby Massie; Josh Sitton; Hroniss Grasu; Bradley Sowell; Tom Compton. This has a chance to be a very good unit, although I can't see how Long will be ready to go Week 1 after not practicing all preseason.
The Bears' fifth round draft pick, Jordan Morgan, was placed on IR.
Defensive Line (5): Eddie Goldman; Akiem Hicks; Jonathan Bullard; Mitch Unrein; Roy Robertson-Harris. Goldman, if healthy—and that will be a big "if"—is a beast. He may well be the Bears best defensive player. He will be key to helping the pass rush by providing that inside push.
The only surprise here is keeping Robertson-Harris over veteran Jaye Howard.
Linebackers (8): Danny Trevathan; Jerrel Freeman; Nick Kwiatkoski; Christian Jones (Inside). Leonard Floyd; Willie Young; Pernell McPhee; Sam Acho (Outside). McPhee will start the season on the PUP list. I doubt whether he will ever he healthy enough to contribute at the level his immense talent says he could, which is a damn shame.
Jones can also play outside linebacker. Speaking of OLB, that is a position where the Bears will focus their attention on the waiver wire, as they are thin. Jonathan Anderson and John Timu were let go, though they could find themselves on the practice squad.
Safeties (5): Eddie Jackson; Adrian Amos; Quintin Demps; Deon Bush; Deiondre Hall. These are mainly untested players who were mostly high round draft picks. Jackson really raised some eyebrows with his play in preseason.
Cornerbacks (6): Sherrick McManis; Cre'Von LeBlanc; Kyle Fuller; Bryce Callahan; Prince Amukamara; Marcus Cooper. The Bears secondary was really poor last season, so they should be improved, though that isn't saying much. The need playmakers—the corners and safeties didn't get turnovers like the Bears need last season.
Fuller was a long-shot to make it when camp started, but here he is.
Other (3): Conner Barth; Pat O'Donnell; Jeff Overbaugh. Barth beating out Roberto Aguayo was hardly a surprise. Overbaugh is the long-snapper.
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