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FS Marcus Trice, North Texas CB (5’8, 193) - Transfer from Oklahoma who was an all-conference free safety as a senior at North Texas. Trice is short but a stocky 193 pounds. He is very quick with decent long speed (4.57) and very good ball skills (5 INTs, 9 PDs in 2013). He would be short for a safety in the pros, but has the skill-set to have a chance at free safety or as a slot corner. Trice is an aggressive tackler despite his small size (91 tackles) and packs a punch (3 forced fumbles). Trice’s size makes him a long-shot, but he’s a good football player. I see him as a poor man’s LaMarcus Joyner.

FS Adbul Smith, Temple (6’1, 205) - Former corner who moved to free safety as a senior. Smith is a strong (27 reps), very physical player. He is a big hitter against the run and against receivers crossing the middle (81 tackles, 2 forced fumbles). He’s a step or two slow for an NFL safety (4.72) but has good zone coverage skills. Smith might have enough speed for a zone scheme and could bring an intimidating physical edge to the Bears secondary that just isn’t there right now.

DE Jesse Joseph, UCONN (6’3, 262) - 4-year starter who had an injury plagued college career. Joseph looked liked like a potential NFL prospect as a freshman and sophomore (11 sacks, 17 TFLs), but missed most of his junior year with an achilles injury and didn’t look like the same player as a senior (1 sacks, 6 TFLs). He’s undersized and not a burner (4.88 40), but has good agility, uses his hands very well to shed blocks, and has natural pass rush moves. If he is 100% recovered from his achilles injury, he could surprise in mini-camp and could stick on the practice squad as a 3rd down pass-rush prospect.

DT Brandon Sparrow, Marshall (6’3, 311) - Productive player for the Herd with 92 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 14 TFLs over the last two seasons. Sparrow was better as a junior, but struggled with nagging injuries his senior year. From what I can tell on tape, he looks like a solid run stopper from the 1-tech who provided occasional pressure on the QB. If his injuries are behind him, Sparrow has a shot to compete with DT Lee Pegues for a shot on the practice squad. After what happened last year I wouldn’t be surprised if Emery kept 2-3 D-linemen on the practice squad this year.

TE Dustin Greenwell, St. Francis (6’3, 245, 4.65) - H-back / Move TE prospect who put up modest production (36 rec, 369 yds, 5 TDs) last year in an FCS conference but looks like a young Mike Ditka in the video below! Greenwell tested well athletically, but is making a huge leap in competition. Phil Emery has harped on the need for an H-back, so he has a chance to stick on the practice squad if he can handle the upgrade in competition but is a long-shot.

C FN Lutz, Indiana St (6’2, 287) - Missed all of 2012 with a knee injury, but came back strong in 2013. Lutz was a team leader and one of the Sycamore’s most consistent offensive lineman. He has potential as a guard or center prospect and could be a practice squad candidate.

K Mitch Ewald, Indiana (5’10, 175) - Accurate kicker with a big leg. The Bears are set with Robbie Gould, but it never hurts to have a back up plan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ewald catches on somewhere.

WR D.J Foster, Southeast Missouri St (6’3, 194, 4.59) - Local kid (Joliet, IL) who has good size and had a solid career for the Redhawks (98 rec, 1,244 yards, 12 TDs) as a 3-yr starter but lacks the speed to get separation at the NFL level and needs to get stronger.

WR Don Shumpert, Iowa (6’2, 200, 4.49) - Good size/speed ratio, but was not productive at Iowa (15 rec, 182 yds, 0 TDs) and struggled with drops. It’s pretty rare to see a guy with no touchdowns in college get a shot in the NFL.

LB Doug Rigg, West Virginia (6’0. 237) – Undersized, athletically limited WLB who is a max-effort player that produced more than his physical ability warranted. Probably just a camp body, Rigg will need to excel on special teams to stick around for a while.

LB Conor O’Neil, Wisconsin (6’0, 236) - Similar player to Rigg.

LS Craig Montgomery, Georgetown (6’2, 221) – Just a long snapper.

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  • FJ doreza

    I really like Abdul Smith, Christian Jones, DeDe Lattimore, Marcus Trice, Diontae Spencer and Larry King..all of these players have legitimate talent, some have more physical and others more football skills. The 40 times are sooo overrated..most players in the NFL are in the 4.5-5 range. A S or LB like Abdul Smith and Christian Jones may be high 4.6-4.7, but they make up for it with good anticipation, vision, and football skills..and really the difference between 4.5 and 4.7 is a step..one measly step..2/10ths a fraction of a second, ridiculous. Ka Deem Carey 4.66 is about the same speed as Payton was..who was not fast. Quickness, agility, balance, power and will..that’s how he and Carey produced. I mean 4800 + yds. and 44 TD’s in 2 years is insane..and yet Douche Bags like Manziel get all the hype for running around and getting lucky through chaos, and only for 2 years. WE NEEDED LB”S big time and as much as I love Fuller, Ryan Shazier would have been better. Christian Jones and De De Lattiimore are already better than Greene, and Jones has more LB experience and skills than Bostic. Spencer is much like Chris Williams, whom the Bears signed earlier this season, so finally the Bears have 2 speedsters to compete for spots. Abdul Smith I like a lot..if he got more airtime like Pryor he would have been more popular. He plays faster than 4.7′s, which I don’t believe or care about. He hits and tackles like a LB..HE is a keeper..27 reps for a S is RB strength..He is strong and tough and will play with aggression..

    • John S Smith

      I agree with on all the above. I think A. Smith ,C. Jones,J. Lynch, R. Groy will each earn a roster spot. I also feel that (based on individual tape) LB Lattimore, CB Louis-Jean, SS Larry King, OL Dunbar, TE/HB Greenwell and possibly converted WR to CB Shumpert will make up 5-6 spots on practice squad. Good Coaching with this athletic ability will make the guys future contributor for the Bears. DUNN or PEGUES have a good chance of making Roster/PS if COLLINS is on PUP LIST.

      • Marvin spencer

        O n waaaaay faster than Chris Williams no disrespect

        • John S Smith

          HE WILL GET HIS SHOT THIS WEEKEND. I WISH HIM THE BEST. BEARS CAN USE ALL THE TALENT THEY CAN FIND. HE’D BE ANOTHER WEAPON.

    • Marvin spencer

      Diontae Spencer is my nephew he WILL make the first man miss very shifty he just needs a shot n VERY good hands he won’t disappoint # BEARDOWN