Chicago Bears: Potential surprise cuts and why they could happen

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Chicago Bears Jonathan Bullard
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Defensive End Jonathan Bullard

Probably the most surprising of all these guys would be if defensive end Jonathan Bullard was let go. In yet another battle to prove he can make an impact as a starter, Bullard is losing that effort. Roy Robertson-Harris has finally broke out over the course of this preseason and seems to have gained the starting position opposite of Akiem Hicks.

Bullard, a third-round pick out of Florida a couple of years ago, has really only shown flashes here and there. At this point, if he looks no better than a backup, acts no better than a backup and plays no better than a backup — guess what? He’s a backup.

The Bears also drafted Bilal Nichols to come in and add depth up front, and if they so choose, they could always find another backup once final cuts are all cemented by other teams. Bullard simply hasn’t looked the part. He hasn’t been consistent enough in getting to the quarterback, and that’s what the Bears need most at this point.

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Robertson-Harris has certainly earned his spot as the starter, or so we think, and Bullard could end up being cut loose. Barring a miraculous performance in the team’s fifth and final preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, I don’t see Bullard on the final roster come Week 1.