With the deadline to cut the Bears roster down from 90 players to 75 on Tuesday, the Bears got a head start on trimming the roster down this Sunday cutting ten players. With 80 players now on the roster, they still have some work to do but made the majority of their cuts today. One potential reason for cutting players early is that it increases the chance they can re-sign them to the practice squad, while other teams are still trying to figure out who they want to release.
There are definitely a few players the Bears may try to re-sign and I’ll highlight those in my breakdown of the ten players released today.
Bears First Round of Cuts (10 players)
FB Darrel Young – With the Bears looking to utilize the fullback position, it’s a bit of a surprise that they released Young who has the most experience on the roster at the fullback position. It could mean that the Bears have changed their mind about utilizing the fullback position, or maybe Young had a hard time picking up the Bears scheme since he just joined the team a few weeks ago, or maybe the Bears prefer the work of ex-rugby star Paul Lasike at fullback.
RB Senorise Perry – He was a surprise addition to the roster back in 2014, making the team after a mini-camp invite. Perry has great speed (4.36) and has been one of the Bers best special teams gunners, but has had trouble staying healthy and hasn’t brought anything to the table as a running back. The strong special teams play of Jacquizz Rodgers and Ka’Deem Carey probably had more to do with the Bears release of Perry. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears kept Perry around on the practice squad as a special teams player if someone gets hurt.
WR/KR Kieran Duncan – I’m sad to see Duncan get let go this early as he’s probably the fastest player on the Bears roster with his 4.25 40-time at his pro day. Duncan averaged an impressive 30.6 yards per kick return last year and also made the all DII academic team. I was rooting for Duncan to make the squad, but perhaps releasing him early will increase the chances of the Bears sneaking him onto the practice squad.
DE Keith Browner – Made a couple of nice plays in the Bears 2nd preseason game, but was a non-factor in week 3. The fact that he’s entering into his fifth year in the league and no longer eligible for the practice squad probably had a lot to do with Browner not being kept.
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