Chicago Bears start second round of cuts with notable receiver

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The Chicago Bears started the second round of cuts by informing Dazz Newsome that he would be waived. This is not too big of a surprise, especially after he fumbled a punt return in the first preseason game.

Still, considering he started at return man in that game, perhaps the Chicago Bears were going to let him go until final cuts. However, Newsome likely saw the writing on the wall, and he also was working with a new front office and one that did not draft him.

With that in mind, the front office probably did him a favor and let him go a week early, giving him a chance to catch on with a team that values him.

Newsome was a seventh-round pick by Ryan Pace, and Pace saw ascending into a depth wideout who could be a return option. However, the new regime drafted Velus Jones, who flashed in the punt and kick return game.

They also have Trestan Ebner to return kicks, and Dante Pettis to return punts. Both are backups to Jones, and both were added by Ryan Poles, not Pace.

With that in mind, it is no shock that Newsome is gone. In fact, this could also open up some return game action for Kevin Shaa. Shaa is a rookie UDFA, and he may wind up on the practice squad, but the Bears probably want to see a little more before committing to that.

The loss of Newsome now gives Shaa that time.

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The Chicago Bears will have to release four more players, and another wide receiver to look for Is Chris Finke. Finke was signed by Poles, but did not practice or play in the preseason game last week. As the wide receiver depth chart is starting to solidify itself it will be interesting to see if the team continues to trim from that group.