- Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune reports on the cuts over the weekend. There weren’t any real surprises but one name did stand out: Andy Fantuz. Fantuz came from the CFL with a little bit of hype as the big receiver the Bears were missing. Apparently he went missing shortly afterwards because we barely saw him play.
- Biggs also writes about the 5 undrafted free agents who made the roster. My gut feeling is that at least one of these guys eventually goes as the Bears seek depth at linebacker and perhaps another defensive end.
- However, Dan Pompei at the Chicago Tribune thinks defensive end Nick Reed may stick:
“This guy is straight out of a Rod Marinelli dream. Reed’s effort raises the level of play of everyone around him. And the word out of closed Halas Hall practices is the Bears haven’t been able to block him the last couple of weeks either.”
I have my doubts. Reed had a good game and did flash some ability Thursday night but it was still against back ups. He did n’t do a whole lot when given a chance before that with the big boys. Reed might, indeed, be their guy but other teams are making their cuts as well and the last defensive end may not be necessarily on the roster yet. Probably both he and Mario Addision should still be worried.
- Pompei points out that second round pick Sephen Paea has been a disappointment so far. Pompei thinks he still might be recovering from a Senior Bowl knee injury. Paea certainly needs work regardless. He doesn’t play with much leverage. You can set all the bench press records in the world but it doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t a football player.
- Fred Mitchell at the Chicago Tribune writes about wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. Sanzenbacher will keep the last wide receiver spot. But the job basically requires that you play special teams and what to do with him there appears to be an issue.
- Greg Gabriel, Bears Director of College Scouting when Lance Briggs was seeking a new contract four years ago, comments for the National Football Post on Briggs’s current request for renegotiation:
“If I’m the Bears I would tell both Briggs and [agent Drew] Rosenhaus to take a long walk on a short pier. If they don’t like it, then don’t play! Fine him the maximum for not living up to his contract. They will argue that he has outplayed the contract, but that’s not true.”
- Notable former Bears who were cut by their teams this week:
Tommie Harris Colts
Brad Maynard Texans
Justin Gage Titans
Lousaka Polite Dolphins
- Defensive end Jacob Ford, who played a key role for the Titans the last few years, was cut. Via profootballtalk.com.
- The Sports Pickle brings you the Dancing Football Ref:
- On a related note, Bears safety Chris Harris is apparently training to join him on the field as a dancing side judge:
- Pompei, this time writing for the National Football Post, talks about former Bears safety Danieal Manning:
“The Texans believe they can get more out of safety Danieal Manning than the Bears did. Their plan is to play him closer to the line than the Bears did with their Tampa 2 scheme. Texans coaches believe Manning is more valuable around the ball. They are high on his toughness, talent and work ethic.”
The Bears knew that Manning would make a good strong safety and got plenty out of him at the position. The problem is that they already have strong safeties and they needed Manning to be able to play free. When failed in that role and as a nickel back, he was worth less than what teams like the Texans were willing to pay.
- Pompei also points out that defensive end Ryan Kerrigan has looked very good for the Redskins so far. I’m still wondering how the undersized Kerrigan will hold up in the 3-4. I thought he was a better fit for a 4-3 team like the Bears.
- Perhaps not surprisingly, the NFL season will begin without HGH testing as the NFL Player’s Union stalls. I can understand why. If testing is done such that players who are taking the hormone actually get caught, we would probably be looking at a very different game. But I really doubt that will happen.
One Final Thought
What do you do when you receiver a brand new reel wrapped in a Packer’s bandana? Perform an “exorcission” of course: