Chicago Bears: 3 potential surprise roster cuts before the deadline

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The Chicago Bears are working their way through the roster and planning on which players will make the final 53-man roster and which players will not. The front end of the roster is pretty much locked into place. I’d have to assume at least somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of the players were already decided on by the coaching staff prior to the final preseason game versus the Tennessee Titans. The deadline is today at 3:00 pm CST.

That said, sometimes there are a few standouts in camp who lock themselves into a position with their performance in that final preseason game. I would consider Jesper Horsted as one of those players. He had looked good at times in camp. He had looked decent when given the opportunity in 2019 too, as long as you forget the time he fumbled the ball on the three-yard line during the scramble drill instead of pitching it back to Allen Robinson who could have scored and potentially tie the game versus the Packers in Week 15.

The Chicago Bears need to find some upside guys on the backend of the roster

Well, last week versus the Titans, Jesper Horsted played one heck of a game and finished with a trifecta of touchdowns. One of those touchdowns even included an amazing one-handed catch and run from Nick Foles. I am not sure where Jesper Horsted was ranked on the roster in Matt Nagy and the other coaches’ minds, but he was on the bubble for me going into that game. Even though the final preseason game was against mostly third and fourth-string players, I saw enough upside from Horsted to know I’d keep him over J.P. Holtz.

This is just one example of how things can quickly change for a player as long as they showed some consistency throughout training camp. As a player like Horsted, or even better yet, Rodney Adams emerges in training camp, it means that someone we were not expecting could end up getting their pink slip and being put on waivers as opposed to being kept on the team. Here are three players who could potentially be cut that might surprise some fans.