Reviewing 4 moves Chicago Bears made after initial 53-man roster was set

The Chicago Bears made two waiver claims, and signed put two players on IR

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Chicago Bears, Teven Jenkins
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2. Chicago Bears place Teven Jenkins on IR, sign Nathan Peterman

The Chicago Bears' decision to place Teven Jenkins on the IR was all but expected at this point. This will keep him out for the first four weeks, at least. There were some fans who hoped that the injury was minor enough that he would not miss that many games, but with his track record, you had to assume the worst.

So, they already made one move by adding Dan Feeney and that correlates more to the roster. Still, he was one of ten offensive linemen to make the initial roster. The Bears will only have eight linemen active on gameday in most scenarios, so carrying ten is a bit much. That is why they used this designation to add a third quarterback.

This may surprise some, as you would have thought that another position had a bigger need. However, the Chicago Bears have a clear stance on Tyson Bagent. They like him and his development, but they view it as that, development.

They knew that Nathan Peterman would not go through waivers, and with Bagent, anyone could claim him. However, if there were a game tomorrow, they would want Peterman active and not Bagent. They liked what Bagent did in the preseason, but it was preseason, and he is a developmental quarterback. It is asking a lot to make him the backup when, a few weeks ago, he was the clear fourth string. So, Peterman allows the Bears to keep him on the roster and not lose him while also not exposing him to the NFL too soon. It makes sense.