Chicago Bears: 5 notable surprises from 53-man roster

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Adam Shaheen Chicago Bears
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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons moves against Marcus Cooper #31 of the Chicago Bears during the season opening game at Soldier Field on September 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Falcons defeated the Bears 23-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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2. Marcus Cooper over Cre’Von LeBlanc

This is by far the most questionable move when it comes to the roster. What makes this even worse is that LeBlanc signed with the Detroit Lions. All summer seemed apparent that Bryce Callahan was the starting slot cornerback and Cre’Von LeBlanc was his back up in the slot.

Cooper spent most of the summer competing with Kevin Toliver to back up on the outside. Instead, it is Toliver and Cooper making it and LeBlanc gone.

Cooper did get some work in the slot during the preseason. However, I brushed that off as giving him extra work after struggling in the first half on the outside. But, it appears as though he is the clear backup on not only the outside but also the slot. This will give Kevin Toliver time to grow while being on the roster.

It is tough to say I agree with this decision. You tend to wonder if LeBlanc had any say in it. Maybe LeBlanc saw Callahan all preseason and knew that Chicago was not the place to make a job. His release was one of the first to be released, and he signed with the Lions rather quickly. Does he think he can start in Detroit?

That makes a lot more sense than thinking Cooper is a better option than Cre’Von LeBlanc.