Bears establish practice squad

Bears establish practice squad

The Bears announced their regular season practice squad on Saturday, signing eight players from their own cuts. Most notable might be quarterback Matt Blanchard, who had a nice camp and looks to be an intriguing prospect for the future.

The team also released veteran QB Josh McCown and will carry only two quarterbacks on the regular season roster. Since third quarterbacks are not active on gameday, it makes all the sense in the world for the Bears to head into the season with only two active.

With Blanchard on the practice squad, the Bears would be able to promote him in an emergency, or could also look outside the organization for veteran help—perhaps even to Josh McCown once again, assuming he doesn’t get picked up elsewhere.

But let’s not even start thinking about the Bears having to look to their third QB . . .

Another notable addition to the practice squad is RB Armando Allen, who impressed the coaching staff through camp and the preseason.

RB Harvey Unga, who is in his third season with the Bears, although he received a roster exemption in 2011 and left the team for personal reasons, was also signed to the squad.

Here’s the complete list:

  • RB Armando Allen, Notre Dame
  • WR Joe Anderson, Texas Southern
  • QB Matt Blanchard, Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • T Cory Brandon, Oklahoma
  • T James Brown, Troy
  • CB Isaiah Frey, Nevada
  • RB Harvey Unga, BYU
  • DE Aston Whiteside, Abilene Christian

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