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.