Chicago Bears: David Fales In, Jimmy Clausen Out!
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On Monday, the Chicago Bears promoted David Fales to the 53-man roster and waived Jimmy Clausen. Per reports several teams expressed interest in Fales and that prompted the Bears to make a move. Fales has not played a regular season game yet, but he did have a strong performance against the Cleveland Browns in preseason finale. The coming draft will indicate how committed the Bears are to Fales as Jay Cutler‘s backup.
The Bears also terminated the contract of CB Terrance Mitchell. Mitchell had be demoted off the 53 man roster to the practice squad. Terrance played in 5 games, had one tackle and one pass deflection. He was also plagued with a hamstring injury. That leaves two practice squad openings, which the Bears filled with linebacker Danny Mason and quarterback Justin Worley. From the Bears press release:
"Mason entered the NFL in January of this year with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M – Commerce. Listed at 6-3, 235 pounds, Mason appeared in 37 games (30 starts) during his collegiate career totaling 272 tackles. During his junior and senior seasons the Louisville, Kentucky native recorded 170 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and 10 passes break-ups. He also played for the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League in 2014.Worley is an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee. Listed at 6-4, 220 pounds during his collegiate career, Worley started 17-of-24 games played with the Vols, completing 329-of-558 passing for 3,556 yards, 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Starting 14-of-15 games during his junior and senior seasons, Worley was 266-of-338 passing for 2,818 yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions."
Interesting bit of trivia regarding the Bears v Packers. If the Packers win, it will tie the series at 93-93-1. The last time the series was tied was back in 1938.
Here is Zach Miller mic’ed up during the Broncos game.
Injury update: Martellus Bennett is reported to be dealing with a rib injury. Not sure when it was sustained, but Bennett struggled throughout the day against the Broncos.
It appears the Bears are going to open the 21 day practice window for Kevin White. This is encouraging news that he is healing well from surgery to his shin. It doesn’t imply he will be activated. The Bears trainers will monitor his progress carefully. At the end of the 21 days, the Bears will decide to activate or place him on IR. Most believe her will go on IR.
Post game notes: Tracy Porter, CB, took responsibility for the blown coverage on Demaryius Thomas 48 yard TD. He said there was miscommunication at the pre snap. Initally, it looked like the ILB got faked but now it makes sense why neither Christian Jones nor Shea McClellin dropped into coverage.
Currently if the season ended today, the Bears would draft 13th, up one spot from last week.
Over at NFL.com the had a poll going on who would be the hot commodity at QB for 2016. Jay Cutler was on the list, surprisingly so but he was the lowest as percentage.
Which of these QBs might become the hottest commodity in 2016? Here are the results as of last night.
25% Matthew Stafford
20% Colin Kaepernick
17% Kirk Cousins
30% Brock Osweiler
8% Jay Cutler
We move on the Packers game and Green Bay opens a 6.5 point favorite.