May 11, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (99) warms up during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Set to Host 18 Tryout Players at Rookie Minicamp

The Chicago Bears will open their rookie minicamp at Halas Hall on Friday.  Fear not, Kyle Long will be permitted to attended this camp.  Besides their six draft picks and ten undrafted free agents, they will also play host to at least 18 tryout players, who will by vying for a chance at an invitation back for another look at camp.

Here’s the unofficial list of tryout players from Brad Biggs:

Tunde Bakare, Kansas linebacker

Kellen Bartlett, Utah State tight end

Jimmy Coy, St. Xavier quarterback

Dalton Hilliard, UCLA safety

Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan punter

A.J. Lindeman, Toledo offensive tackle

Jon Major, Colorado linebacker

Patrick Murray, Fordham kicker

Kyle Negrete, USC punter

Zak Pedersen, Illinois long snapper

Harry Peoples, Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver

Chris Salvi, Notre Dame safety

Richard Samuel, Georgia fullback

B.J. Scott, South Alabama cornerback

Andrew Starks, Princeton linebacker

Josh Williams, Kansas defensive end

Pat Williams, McNeese State defensive tackle

Greg Wood, Valparaiso punter

You’ll notice a lot of specialists, like kickers, punters and even an Illini long snapper.  These might be guys the Bears want to get a closer look at to invite to camp or to have on file in case of an injury.  While it’s a loooong shot for any of these guys to get a return ticket to Halas Hall, it’s not unprecedented.   Just last season, tryout quarterback Matt Blanchard made enough of an impression on the Bears to get a contract and has stuck around the roster since and is presently just two heartbeats away from real action as the third string quarterback.

We’ll have a complete breakdown of the goings on at Halas Hall as the 2013 rookie class puts on their shorts and shells and break a sweat for Phil Emery, Marc Trestman and the new coaching staff.

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