Bears Set 53-Man Roster

September 02, 2018 - 7:39 am
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(670 The Score) Like so many of his front office peers, Bears general manager Ryan Pace often refers to Saturday as a difficult day, as rosters are cut from the 90-man limit to 53.

But truth be told, there's a bit of relief in play for Pace, who in his fourth year in Chicago can enjoy the fact his Bears roster involved some tough calls. Finally, this roster appears closer to contention after three seasons of struggling to build. Between some select free-agent signings, intriguing additions in the draft and interesting names on the waiver wires, the Bears have a better roster -- at least on paper -- than the first three seasons under Pace.

The Bears joined the 31 other teams in the league by cutting their active roster to 53 before the 3 p.m. CT deadline, setting themselves up eight days out from the regular-season opener against the rival Packers.

Pace and the Bears didn't make any waves of cuts as other teams did, saving them all for Saturday. Naturally, the Bears will pursue the services of some players cut for their practice squad once the opportunity presents itself Sunday. 

Here's the initial 53-man roster that the Bears unveiled. You'll see that there are 54 players total, which is because Mack is still technically on the reserve/did not report list.

Quarterbacks (2) -- Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel

Cut: Tyler Bray

Overview: The Bears entered training camp with three quarterbacks on the roster, including the starter in Trubisky and two veteran sounding boards in Daniel and Bray. Ultimately, they felt comfortable with just two and made Bray the casualty for other roster priorities. 

Running backs (4) -- Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham, Michael Burton

Cut: Ryan Nall, Taquan Mizzell, Knile Davis

Overview: It was just a matter of how the Bears would round out the depth chart in their backfield, and the decision has been made, Now entering his fourth year in the league, Burton will continue to serve as the lead blocker as the Bears opted to keep the fullback. After an impressive preseason, Nall is a candidate to be signed to the practice squad.

Receivers (6) -- Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Tayor Gabriel, Kevin White, Javon Wims, Josh Bellamy

Cut: Bennie Fowler, Tanner Gentry, DeMarcus Ayers, Malachi Jones, Garrett Johnson

Placed on IR: Marlon Brown

Overview: There was no question to the Bears' top three receivers -- all added this offseason -- as Robinson, Miller and Gabriel lead the charge for the offense. Bellamy was an expected piece to the puzzle thanks to his value in special teams. Credit goes to White and Wims, who solidified their places on the roster with good work in the preseason.

Tight end (5) -- Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen, Dion Sims, Daniel Brown, Ben Braunecker

Cut: Colin Thompson

Overview: Preseason injuries to Shaheen (right foot/ankle) and Brown (right arm) allowed Braunecker to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. The Bears can feel good about what the veterans in Burton and Sims bring to the table, while hoping that Shaheen can return early in the season.

Offensive line (9) -- Charles Leno, Eric Kush, Cody Whitehair, Kyle Long, Bobby Massie, James Daniels, Bradley Sowell, Rashaad Coward, Hroniss Grasu

Cut: Will Pericak, Jordan Morgan, Brandon Greene, Matt McCants, Dejon Allen

Overview: Coach Matt Nagy admitted Thursday that it's likely that Kush will be the starter at left guard over the rookie Daniels, a competition that has been open this preseason. Coward, the converted defensive tackle, landed the final spot in a reserve role.

Defensive line (5) -- Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Roy Robertson-Harris, Jonathan Bullard, Bilal Nichols

Cut: John Jenkins, Cavon Walker, Nick Williams, Abdullah Anderson

Overview: The Bears are still hoping to solidify another presence alongside Hicks and Goldman. Perhaps Robertson-Harris can bring that to the mix. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the fifth-round pick Nichols, who impressed this preseason.

Outside linebacker (6) -- Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, Aaron Lynch, Sam Acho, Kylie Fitts, Isaiah Irving

Cut: Jonathan Anderson, Kasim Edebali

Overview: Needless to say, adding a player like Mack to the mix changes the dynamics of the position. An All-Pro pass rusher whom the Bears agreed to acquire from the Raiders on Saturday, Mack will help ease the pressure on Floyd.

Inside linebacker (4) -- Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski, Roquan Smith, Joel Iyiegbuniwe

Cut: John Timu, Ro'Derrick Hoskins, Josh Woods, Elijah Norris

Overview: Timu had proved to be a solid player during his time with the Bears, but they're comfortable at inside linebacker with two veterans established in the system and a pair of promising rookies.

Cornerback (6) -- Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan, Sherrick McManis, Marcus Cooper Sr., Kevin Tolliver

Cut: Cre'Von LeBlanc, Doran Grant, Deiondre' Hall, Michael Joseph, John Franklin III, Rashard Fant

Overview: The Bears' parting with LeBlanc was a bit of a surprise, but otherwise this all checks out. Fuller and Amukamara enter the season as well-paid starters at cornerback and get the test of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for the opener.

Safety (4) -- Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston-Carson

Cut: Nick Orr

Overview: The Bears have two potentially promising players starting at safety in Amos and Jackson. Meanwhile, Houston-Carson is recovering from a fractured forearm.

Special teams (3) -- Cody Parkey, Pat O'Donnell, Patrick Scales

Cut: Ryan Winslow, Tanner Carew

Overview: There was little drama here as the Bears set their three specialists with the expected names.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.