With all the injuries and lack of production through the first three weeks of the season, the Bears have been busy adjusting their roster accordingly. There have been roster transactions about every other day over the last two weeks and I’ve recapped the most recent ones below in case you missed anything.
Bears Recent Roster Moves:
Signed DL C.J. Wilson – The injury to NT Eddie Goldman might be the most impactful loss to the Bears outside of QB Jay Cutler. The d-line got manhandled by the Cowboys and with versatile Mitch Unrein getting hurt during the game, they badly need some reinforcements. Wilson is a six-year vet who spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Packers after being drafted by them in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.
Wilson was released by the Packers before the 2014 season and has bounced around since, spending time with the Raiders, Saints, and Lions before ending up on the Bears this week. He was a useful rotation d-linemen for the Lions the second half of the 2015 season with eight tackles and a sack (against the Bears of course). For his career Wilson has 110 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
The Bears need help all over the defensive line right now and Wilson should be able to fill in at either DE position and improve the run defense. It can’t get worse than it was last week against Dallas right?
Signed RB Joique Bell – The loss of Jeremy Langford and KaDeem Carey to injury forced the Bears to add some depth at running back. I covered the Bell signing in detail yesterday.
Placed CB Kyle Fuller on Injured Reserve – For those fans hoping that this was the year Kyle Fuller lived up to his potential, it looks like you will have to wait another season. Fuller was moved to the injured reserve despite supposedly having a successful knee scope before the season. There has been a lot of mystery around what really is wrong with Fuller, but whatever it is it’s apparently serious enough to delay Fuller’s debut until the end of 2016 at the earliest. It’s looking more and more like the 2014 first round pick is a bust, but he’ll have one more season to prove otherwise in 2017.
There has been a lot of mystery around what really is wrong with Fuller, but whatever it is it’s apparently serious enough to delay Fuller’s debut until the end of 2016 at the earliest. It’s looking more and more like the 2014 first round pick is a bust, but he’ll have one more season under contract to prove otherwise in 2017.
Waived ILB Jonathan Anderson – When ILB Danny Trevathan got hurt in week two, Anderson was the player the Bears called up to take his place. He started in week three verse the Cowboys but was routinely overpowered against the run.
Anderson’s best attribute is his speed, which gives him the ability to cover backs and tight ends but he also lacks the size to be a force against the run. He can be effective sideline-to-sideline, but was a liability between the tackles in week three’s loss.
UPDATE: The Bears re-signed Anderson to the practice squad.