Chicago Bears: Earl Watford release good news for Hroniss Grasu

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hroniss Grasu
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Hroniss Grasu /

The Chicago Bears made a bit of a surprising decision to release Earl Watford. This could be a good sign for Hroniss Grasu

When the Chicago Bears released Earl Watford, it was a bit of a surprise. Watford was seeing plenty of playing time this preseason for the Chicago Bears, and started three games at right guard with the injury status of Kyle Long.

It was beginning to look as if he was nailing down a backup guard spot, and with tackle experience that provides emergency depth at that spot, he had a good shot at the roster.

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That all changed on Sunday, obviously after he played his fourth preseason game with the team and was let go. This also just so happened to be the first game in which Hroniss Grasu suited up after an injury.

We all know the James Daniels drama. According to the Bears, the only reasons Daniels is getting so many center snaps is because they are so light on depth at the position. They maintain that James Daniels is still set up to play guard.

With Grasu back in practice, Daniels was back at guard. With Grasu in the lineup, Daniels spent most of his Saturday at guard. It appears as though Grasu holding down the backup center job frees Daniels up to be a full time backup guard which makes Earl Watford expendable.

So, in short the return of Grasu made Watford expendable. While we had Grasu pegged as a potential cut due to his injury status and lack of versatility, the Chicago Bears seem to be happy with him at center. He keeps Eric Kush and James Daniels at guard, and to them, that is more valuable than the depth and position versatility of Earl Watford. Expect Hroniss Grasu to make the 53-man roster now.