Biggest Snubs and Surprises from Chicago Bears' Roster Cuts
It took 17 cuts for the Bears to get down to the 53-man roster on Saturday, but they did it. The depth chart seems to be very offense-heavy, and there were some interesting casualties.
Head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery decided to let go of a solid veteran corner while keeping an extra running back and tight end. One defensive end lost the numbers game, and an undrafted rookie stood tall in the end.
Here are the biggest snubs and surprises from the Bears' final roster cuts.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden
Charles Tillman battled injuries most of last season and didn't look very sharp in the preseason. Rookie Kyle Fuller suffered an ankle injury that's sidelined him for some time now.
It's very surprising the Bears released veteran Kelvin Hayden. He provided so much depth and an ability to play outside or at the nickel spot.
Hayden manged to stay healthy and prove his worth throughout training camp and preseason. He could have proved valuable throughout a long season, but the Bears opted with Demontre Hurst and depth at other spots.
Running Back Senorise Perry
Senorise Perry was solid in the preseason, but did the Bears really need to keep four running backs and a fullback?
Perry better be one of the core players on special teams going forward or else this looks like a very questionable move.
If the Bears really wanted Perry that badly in their system, they could have tried to sneak him on the practice squad.
It can be said that the upside of Perry is higher than Shaun Draughn, but it's highly questionable to keep both players when you have Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey.
Defensive End Austen Lane
The NFL is a numbers game. The Bears have a good amount of defensive ends, and even though Austen Lane played well, he got the boot.
Lane has talent and works very hard, but he just can't seem to stick to a team. He performed well this preseason with the Bears, posting seven tackles and one sack.
It's clear the Bears want to work on developing David Bass and Cornelius Washington. Both are young players who could turn into solid pass-rushers down the line.
Lane should get another shot with a team because the talent and work ethic is there.
Linebacker Christian Jones
If you watched the preseason, then you know undrafted rookie Christian Jones played well and deserved a spot on this team.
Even with his strong play, it's still a surprise to see an undrafted rookie make the team. Jones most likely would have been drafted if news about his failed drug test during the scouting combine didn't come to light.
The writing was on the wall for Jones to make this team when the Bears parted with Jordan Senn. Ninety career tackles, mostly on special teams, in seven seasons is what Senn brought to the table, but Jones pushed him out.
Three Tight Ends
The tight end position took a big blow when the team lost Zach Miller. Dante Rosario and Matthew Mulligan are mediocre backups at best, so it's surprising the Bears kept them both.
Last year, the team used offensive lineman Eben Britton in a lot of three-tight end sets. He was effective as a blocker but was cut this year after battling injuries all training camp.
Perhaps the Bears want more ambiguity at tight end. Just the sheer threat of Rosario or Mulligan catching a pass might be what the Bears are looking for.
It still might have been wiser to go with the extra offensive lineman given neither Rosario nor Mulligan are quality keeps.