Chicago Bears: 5 players who must not make final roster

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Michael Burton Chicago Bears
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Fullback Michael Burton

For the life of me, I cannot understand what the coaching staff (past and present) sees in fullback Michael Burton. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen him do something useful on the field.

First of all, in this offense, you don’t need a true fullback. It’s a simple answer if that’s the only thing you take into equation. Within this offense, you need running backs and tight ends willing to play all over the field and take on the H-back role if necessary.

Burton is slow. His footwork is awful. He can’t block.

What more do you need to know?

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Yet, for some reason, this was a guy you saw on the field last year in crucial moments for the Bears while under the leadership of John Fox.

On Saturday, there was a run by Ryan Nall in the second half where Burton was supposed to get out in front and block. He was sure out in front, for one. But he whiffed on every attempt made to connect on a block.

This is the kind of stuff you see on a regular basis from Burton.

The Bears don’t need Burton. I’m sorry, but that roster spot could go to someone like a fourth running back or even another tight end. Burton needs to go, and he needs to go quickly.