Chicago Bears 53-man roster reactions

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Josh Bellamy
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Josh Bellamy /
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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 22: Virgil Green
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 22: Virgil Green /

Defensive Line

The Bears only kept five defensive line which is quite surprising. They do not have a backup nose tackle, which is a nice leap of faith on Eddie Goldman and his status. The surprise was that Jaye Howard was released. He had looked healthy, and given the lack of depth on the unit, he could probably contribute as a sixth asset. However, Howard, and C.J. Wilson and John Jenkins, who rotated at nose tackle did not make the cut.


Lamarr Houston did not play much in the preseason and did not look like a huge difference maker. That, and the Bears savings in cap space, especially in 2018 incentivized the Bears to place him on the Injured Reserved, with the intentions of releasing him.

The rest was not much of a surprise. Dan Skuta was released but he was dealing with a concussion. He could be scooped back in a few weeks if something happens.

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Sherrick McManis continues to make the Bears roster. McManis, along with Bellamy can speak to the fact that this team is at least paying attention to special teams. The rest of the cornerbacks were cut and dry.


Deon Bush and Deiondre’ Hall were in and DeAndre Houston-Carson and Harold Jones-Quartey were out. Houston-Carson is not a surprise, he has been brutal, but Jones-Quartey has been playing early into preseason games. An injury may have been a part of it, but Bush or Hall may have been able to get onto the practice squad for a year.