Chicago Bears cut tracker 2017: Getting down to 53 players

Chicago Bears cut tracker 2017: Getting down to 53 players
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31: Lamarr Houston #99 of the Chicago Bears walks to the locker room after suffering an injury against the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

All 32 NFL teams must trim their rosters down to 53 players by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

A good amount of teams got a head start on the process by waiving and cutting players.

Here is a look at all of the Bears’ moves thus far.

Note: They had 35 moves to make after waiving defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore and linebacker Alex Scearce earlier this week.

LINK: Predicting the Bears’ 53-man roster after the preseason finale

Saturday

K Roberto Aguayo

Claimed off waivers on Aug. 14 from Tampa Bay, the Bears released kicker Roberto Aguayo on Saturday, per ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. He missed his lone field goal attempt, a 49-yarder wide right against Arizona in Week 2 of the preseason. The Bears trust veteran Connor Barth.

S Harold Jones-Quartey

An undrafted free agent from Division II Findlay in 2015, Harold Jones-Quartey made 12 of his 16 NFL starts last season. He was waived by the Bears, per Biggs. He finishes his Bears career with 103 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Jones-Quartey should be claimed.

WR Tanner Gentry

A fan favorite in camp, undrafted rookie wide receiver Tanner Gentry didn’t make the final cut, per Jahns. He was waived on Saturday with the hopes of being brought back on the practice squad. The Wyoming product totaled three catches for 64 yards and a touchdown (a 45-yarder against Tennessee from Trubisky) this preseason.

DL Rashaad Coward

It took a couple games for Rashaad Coward to be noticed, but he didn’t do quite enough to warrant a roster spot. The 6’5″, 320-pounder was waived by the Bears, per Biggs. An undrafted rookie from Old Dominion had three tackles against Cleveland and should push for a practice squad spot.

S DeAndre Houston-Carson

In a move first reported by Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Bears waived 2016 sixth round pick DeAndre Houston-Carson. The safety from William & Mary had two tackles as a rookie and failed to do much this camp. He will find his way onto a practice squad somewhere as a developing prospect.

OL Dieugot Joseph

The Bears don’t have a true tackle of the future. Charles Leno Jr. earned his payday last week but Bobby Massie might not be around much longer. On Saturday, Dieugot Joseph was waived with the hopes of being signed back to the practice squad, per my sources. The FIU rookie went undrafted but the Bears like his upside and length. He played both left and right tackle in the preseason finale.

RB Josh Rounds

Josh Rounds was waived, per Jahns. The undrafted rookie from Tulane never had a real chance to make the roster with a deep running back room. He had 64 rushing yards (2.56 YPC) and two catches for 18 yards.

G Brandon Greene

Alabama rookie Brandon Greene was waived by the Bears, per Biggs. A top high school tackle, Greene made the move to tight end in college. He also played a little offensive tackle. The Bears used the undrafted rookie at guard. He’ll latch onto a practice squad somewhere.

DL Jaye Howard

Signed this off-season to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum ($775,000), Jaye Howard was a surprise release on Saturday, per Biggs. The 28-year-old made 30 starts and 7.5 sacks in five NFL seasons between Seattle (2012) and Kansas City (2013-16). With three tackles this preseason and an ejection against Tennessee it appears the Bears have chosen youngsters Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris and veteran Mitch Unrein over Howard.

LB Jonathan Anderson

Dealing with an ankle injury, Jonathan Anderson was waived by the Bears, per Biggs. The 25-year-old made 19 appearances in two seasons including three starts as a rookie. He and Jones-Quartey became the first tandem of undrafted rookies to record an interception in team history in 2015. Anderson will land on someone’s practice squad.

Friday

TE MyCole Pruitt

Third-year tight end MyCole Pruitt has been waived by the Bears, per Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs. The 25-year-old had five catches for 85 yards this preseason including a 52-yard catch and run in Thursday night’s loss to Cleveland.

LB Kelvin Sheppard

Signed on Aug. 19, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard has officially been cut, per Biggs. The 29-year-old made 57 starts between four teams (Buffalo, Indianapolis, Miami and New York) prior to coming to the Bears late in the preseason.

G Mitchell Kirsch

An undrafted rookie from James Madison, guard Mitchell Kirsch was always a longshot to make the 53-man roster. He is a practice squad candidate. Biggs first reported the move.

FB Freddie Stevenson

One of two fullbacks on the roster, rookie Freddie Stevenson was waived, per Biggs. He should earn a practice squad spot somewhere in the league. A leader at Florida State, Stevenson is a smart player.

C/G Taylor Boggs

Interior lineman Taylor Boggs was waived by the Bears, per Biggs. The 30-year-old spent 2013 and 2014 in Chicago before brief stints with Detroit and Arizona. He returned this off-season but failed to impress.

OL Will Poehls

The 6’8″ Montana product ran with the first and second team offensive line, but that wasn’t enough for Will Poehls to stick around. Chicago Sun-Times insider Adam Jahns first reported that the 25-year-old had been waived.

CB Rashaad Reynolds

Undersized cornerback Rashaad Reynolds earned a long look in the last two preseason outings, but he didn’t do much good. Biggs announced the 26-year-old Oregon State alum had been waived.

QB Connor Shaw

A 2016 preseason fan favorite, Connor Shaw earned his most meaningful playing time on Thursday night. However, Shaw suffered a hamstring injury and he is expected to be waived/injured per Biggs. He completed 11-of-18 passes for 110 yards against Cleveland. Shaw will revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

WR Victor Cruz

30-year-old Victor Cruz looked like a shell of himself this preseason. He had one chance to do a salsa dance celebration in the preseason opener against Denver. It looks like his days are done in the NFL as he failed to make enough plays to earn a spot in a weak wide receiver room. USA Today Giants writer Art Stapleton first reported the move.

G Cyril Richardson

The Bears waived another offensive lineman in guard Cyril Richardson. Biggs reported the move. Richardson, 26, started four games as a fifth round rookie in 2014 with Buffalo but is now out of a job.

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