Third-year crew, head coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace talked it over the last 48 hours.
They had to make some tough decisions as did 31 other franchises in the NFL this weekend.
Here’s a first look at the Bears’ initial 53-man roster.
Note: this roster will be much different by the time the Bears open the season in eight days against Atlanta.
QB (3): Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Mark Sanchez
RB (4): Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Jeremy Langford, Benny Cunningham
FB (1): Michael Burton
WR (5): Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson
TE (5): Dion Sims, Zach Miller, Adam Shaheen, Daniel Brown, Ben Braunecker
OL (8): Charles Leno Jr., Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair, Josh Sitton, Bobby Massie, Hroniss Grasu, Bradley Sowell, Tom Compton
DL (5): Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Jonathan Bullard, Roy Robertson-Harris, Mitch Unrein
LB (8): Willie Young, Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee, Nick Kwiatkoski, Sam Acho, Christian Jones
CB (6): Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper, Bryce Callahan, Kyle Fuller, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Sherrick McManis
S (5): Quintin Demps, Eddie Jackson, Adrian Amos, Deon Bush, Deiondre’ Hall
ST (3): Connor Barth, Patrick O’Donnell, Jeff Overbaugh
Wide receiver, tight end and defensive line are going to look a little different here soon.
The Bears are carrying only five wide receivers and hoping undrafted rookie Tanner Gentry is available to bring back to the practice squad. This is a position that needs help and I fully expect Pace and his staff to find a guy to make plays.
There is no way the Bears will be carrying five tight ends and a fullback into the regular season opener. I didn’t really think fullback Michael Burton deserved a spot on the team, but that is still in flux. Keeping four tight ends make sense and I think Daniel Brown is your fourth guy when that happens.
Keeping only five defensive linemen is a bit risky. Jaye Howard, John Jenkins, C.J. Wilson and Rashaad Coward were all sent packing. I can’t see them not adding a sixth player to that positional group.
Claims will be put in tomorrow and the Bears hold the No. 3 spot in the waiver claim system just as they did in the draft process.
Wide receiver and linebacker should be where they look for help first and foremost. Willie Young and Leonard Floyd are good starters, but after that, the outside linebacker room is a mess. Lamarr Houston was placed on injured reserve and is likely to reach an injury settlement, according to multiple reports.
Pernell McPhee passed his physical today and will avoid the PUP, per Sun-Times writer Patrick Finley. But his knees will always be an issue. Sam Acho is a core special teamer but hasn’t done much defensively. Isaiah Irving was waived and deserves to return to the practice squad if he goes unclaimed.
Sunday will be yet another hectic day for the Bears front office.
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