Chicago Bears Set 10-Man Practice Squad

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It was a quieter than expected Saturday with only two waiver moves after the Bears set their final 53-man roster, but the Bears did announce their 10-man practice squad. I’ve broke down the practice squad players below with a little info on their chances of seeing the field this year or in the near future.

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Among the Bears 22 cuts on Saturday only one player was claimed on waivers, OLB David Bass by the Titans, so most of the released players were eligible for the practice squad. There were a few surprise omissions from the squad including ILB Matthew Wells, who the Bears traded Ryan Groy for a few weeks ago,  WR Rashad Lawrence, who many analysts thought would make the team, and QB Zac Dysert, who has ties to HC John Fox from their time in Denver. After being left off the Bears practice squad, Dysert was signed by the Texans the next day.

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NT Terry Williams – I’m bummed Williams didn’t make the active roster after his dominant performance against the Browns on Thursday night (+5.8 grade from Pro Football Focus). With Jay Ratliff suspended for three weeks and Eddie Goldman suffering concussion symptoms, the Bears could use another nose tackle and I figured it would be Williams, but instead he is starting the season on the practice squad. The Swamp Monster needs to improve his stamina, he was visibly gassed after just a few plays on Thursday, but showed a real talent for stopping the run during the preseason. I think we’ll see Williams again before the end of the year.

ILB Jonathan Anderson – When I saw that Mason Foster and Matthew Wells had been cut, I thought that maybe Anderson made the final 53-man roster. Obviously he didn’t, but made a strong case on Thursday night with two sacks and 4 stops near the line of scrimmage. Anderson has 4.5 speed and excels in pass coverage which makes him unique among Bear ILBs who all seem to struggle against the pass. Anderson also proved to be an instinctive blitzer this preseason and did enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.

CB Jacoby Glenn – One of my favorite undrafted free agents that the Bears brought in this year, but was outplayed by fellow UDFA Bryce Callahan down the stretch. He has the size and athleticism to be an NFL corner, he just needs to clean up his technique and get stronger.

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ILB Lamin Barrow – Was a 5th round pick by Denver last season out of LSU and HC John Fox liked Barrow enough for the Bears to sign him off waivers when he was released by the Broncos yesterday. Barrow is an elite athlete for an ILB with top 5 scores at his position in last year’s combine in both the 40-yard dash (4.64) and broad jump (10’3″). He is undersized (6’1 | 237) but has good range as a run defender, the speed to excel in coverage and the potential to be a solid contributor on special teams.