The Chicago Bears have ended their preseason. For the players, the time to impress the coaches enough to win certain jobs or even to just make the team in any way, is over. Tough decisions on who will be able to help the team this season have to be made. The Bears have to get the roster down to 53 by 3 PM Saturday.
David Fales played the entire game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He went13 of 24 for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception thrown. He has shown some abilities this preseason that might indicate he could play in the NFL. He won’t make the roster, however. He will be released and if he clears waivers, will end up on the practice squad. Some team with a need at quarterback may just take a chance and claim him, however.
At backup running back, there was a surprise. Shaun Draughn, who looked like the leader for the main backup role, played into the fourth quarter. Ka’Deem Carey is all but guaranteed a spot, so he sat, but with Draughn playing so much on Thursday, the coaching staff may be taking a long look at him and Senorise Perry.
Perry can help not only as a running back, but as a rick returner. He may have beaten out Draughn for a spot on the team.
Jordan Lynch did not play until the fourth quarter and only had six carries. Expect him to be another candidate for the practice squad.
At wide receiver, Santonio Holmes all but officially made the team on Thursday. He only had two touches, but scored a touchdown, and ran the ball back as a returner.
The surprise here was that Micheal Spurlock did not play. Last year, Marc Trestman sat down all the players that he felt made the team. It appeared that there was still a question with Spurlock, but there may not be with Trestman.
Spurlock will be a returner if indeed he makes the squad.
Another player who is on that bubble is Chris Williams. He has a big-play capability, but a hamstring injury has slowed him down throughout the preseason. The coaches really like him, but do they like him enough to take up a roster spot? I would not keep him.
At linebacker, Khaseem Greene, Jerry Franklin, DeDe Lattimore and Christian Jones we battling for two linebacker spots. The two selected will probably be ticketed to special teams. Greene has the most experience so he will make it. Among the other three, I feel Jones has the most upside (enough that he could eventually become a starter), and he should win a spot on the team.
Vereen and, yes, Chris Conte, will make it. That leaves M.D. Jennings and Marcus Trice. Neither has set the world on fire. Trice will go to the practice squad, while Jennings will be out. Of course, Conte’s concussion could change that and Jennings’ cut could come later rather than sooner.
On special teams, the long snapper could be a problem. Brandon Hartson won the job when Chad Rempel was cut, but he may still find himself cut himself. After the game on Thursday, Trestman noted his unhappiness with the long snaps. Robbie Gould missed a field goal in the game, and was talking to Hartson afterward.The Bears could look into free agency for a replacement.
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