Many of the players listed below are those who were brought in as undrafted free agents and already had the odds stacked against them when they joined the team this offseason.
These players may still have a shot of catching on with another team this year before the regular season starts, but their time in Chicago is likely up.
Al Louis-Jean, Cornerback
Al Louis-Jean officially signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent earlier this offseason, according to Adam Hoge of TheGameChicago.com:
Despite registering 36 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups in 23 games at Boston College, Louis-Jean has been lost in the cornerback shuffle.
He was not expected to compete with the veterans atop the depth chart, but Louis-Jean was expected to push younger cornerbacks like C.J. Wilson and Demontre Hurst.
So far he has failed to get many reps during the early portions of training camp and will likely be a part of the team’s first round of cuts.
Derricus Purdy, Cornerback
The Bears headed into the 2014 offseason with a lot of uncertainty at the cornerback position. Charles Tillman, Zackary Bowman, Kelvin Hayden and Sherrick McManis were all scheduled to become free agents, prompting the team to sign an unproven cornerback in Derricus Purdy.
Purdy went undrafted in 2013 out of Texas Southern. During his senior season, he recorded 34 tackles, one interception and four passes defensed.
Much like Louis-Jean, Purdy is simply an unproven player who hasn’t had the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.
Marcus Trice, Safety
After impressing the team as a rookie minicamp invite, North Texas safety Marcus Trice signed with the Bears this past May, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
Despite measuring in at 5’8” and 193 pounds, Trice was named first-team all-Conference USA last season and finished the year with 91 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 5.0 interceptions and 9.0 passes defensed.
While he is an aggressive safety, he is very raw from a technique standpoint. He may have the best chance of players from this group to stick on the team’s practice squad.
Lee Pegues, Defensive Tackle
Undrafted out of East Carolina, defensive tackle Lee Pegues was one of the team’s first undrafted free agents to be signed after the conclusion of last May’s draft.
According to NFLDraftScout.com, Pegues measured in at 6'2" and 291 pounds at his pro day and ran a 4.94-second 40-yard dash. But like many others on this list, Pegues was faced with an uphill battle to make the roster the moment he was signed.
On top of re-signing veteran defensive tackles Jeremiah Ratliff and Nate Collins this offseason, the Bears also used two of their first three draft picks on defensive tackles, taking Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.
With Ratliff, Collins, Ferguson, Sutton and Stephen Paea ahead of him on the depth chart, Pegues will likely be one of the team’s first cuts.
Brandon Dunn, Defensive Tackle
Just like Pegues, Louisville defensive tackle Brandon Dunn was among the team’s first undrafted free-agent signings in May.
According to NFLDraftScout.com, Dunn measured in at the Louisville pro day at 6'2", 300 pounds, and he ran a 5.16 40-yard dash. Dunn registered 87 tackles, three sacks, eight tackles for loss and two pass deflections in three seasons for the Cardinals.
Dunn worked extensively with new Bears assistant defensive line coach Clint Hurtt while the two were at Louisville, but it is unlikely that their connection will keep the rookie on the roster in 2014.
Dunn has some upside and showed an ability to be a force at times against the run, but much like Pegues, there is just too much talent ahead of him on the depth chart to keep him around.
The Bears inked former Wisconsin linebacker Conor O’Neill to a deal in June, per ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson:
O’Neill started nine games for the Badgers in 2013, registering 42 total tackles, one sack, 5.5 tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.
According to Jake Kocorowski of Buckys5thQuarter.com, O’Neill has experience playing in both a 3-4 and 4-3 defense. But despite his versatility, the team is likely to carry either five or six linebackers, leaving him as the odd man out.