Chicago Bears announce practice squad

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31: Roderick Johnson
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 31: Roderick Johnson /

After a wild weekend, the Chicago Bears announced the majority of their practice squad on Sunday.

Chicago Bears fans can lay down their pitchforks after the practice squad was announced on Sunday. The majority of fan favorites that were cut on Saturday cleared waivers and landed back in Chicago on the practice squad.

Tanner Gentry WR:

The fan favorite of Bears training camp managed to clear waivers. The 6’2 product out of Wyoming established a solid connection with Mitchell Trubisky throughout training camp and the preseason. If/when Trubisky takes the field at some point this year, keep an eye on Gentry being promoted to the 53 man roster.

Deiugot Joseph OL:

Saying Joseph is a raw prospect is a bit of an understatement. He possesses great size and strength (6’6, 293 lbs). However, Joseph will require a lot of work to refine his technique. Hopefully a year on the practice squad will bring the Florida International product up to speed.

Brandon Greene OL:

Greene was originally signed to fill in after Eric Kush went down. The Alabama product played both tight end and tackle for the Crimson Tide. His main use was as a tight end in heavy packages. He will supply depth on the practice squad.

Cameron Lee OL:

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the practice squad. Lee offers little upside in comparison to Greene and Joseph. This likely indicates that Kyle Long is a few weeks away from returning to the field.

Jonathan Anderson LB:

Anderson provides minor special teams value and depth. His spot on the practice squad likely indicates the Bears have some faith in him being able to play outside linebacker if necessary as John Timu was called up before Anderson last season.

John Timu LB:

After showing some promise in 2015, Timu saw a reduced role in 2016. This is largely due to the fact that Ryan Pace brought in Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman via free agency, and Nick Kwiatkoski via the draft. He provides quality depth on the practice squad.

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Isaiah Irving OLB:

Many were surprised that Irving was cut in the first place by the Bears. Regardless, the undrafted free agent showed promise in the preseason. Pro Football Focus rated him as the best rookie 3-4 pass rusher and racked up 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Considering the Bears’ paper thin depth at outside linebacker, Irving could see time on the 53 man roster sooner rather than later.

DeAndre Houston-Carson S:

While he disappointed from the safety position throughout preseason, he still maintains value as a special teamer. The former 6th round pick made a name for himself by blocking 11 kicks in college.

Rashaad Coward DL:

The Bears were ravaged by injury last year at nose tackle. With Eddie Goldman still carrying around the “injury prone” designation, the Bears decided to keep Coward as a solid depth option.

*Ben Braunecker TE:

The Bears haven’t declared their 10th player on the practice squad, but there’s reason to believe that tight end/H back returns to the Bears. He was cut from the 53 man roster on Sunday in order to make room for waiver claims