Analyzing the Chicago Bears’ updated 53-man roster

The Chicago Bears updated their 53-man roster with some tough cuts and some surprises.

After finalizing their initial roster, the Bears announced waivers for six players, including offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood and nose tackle Amon Watts. But as those rosters grew, it meant parting ways with the six players who were originally promoted. That included catcher Tajae Sharpe landing an injured reserve.

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Following the cut and waiver statement, we’re breaking down the Bears’ updated 53-man roster.

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  • Justin Fields
  • Trevor Simian

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There were no surprises at quarterback, as Fields and Simian both made the 53-man roster. Fields is entering a pivotal year 2 where he wants to take a step forward. Semian has been his backup from the start. After being released, Peterman re-signed to the training class.

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  • David Montgomery
  • Khalil Herbert
  • Tristan Ebner

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  • Darlington Evans
  • Demont Tagle

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Running back in a place where Montgomery and Herbert were Chicago’s top two guards wouldn’t be surprising. For a while, it boiled down to a battle between rookies Ebner and Evans. But Ebner had a solid preseason and was an easy decision for a 53-man roster. With the Bears with three running backs, Evans is an oddball. But Chicago re-signed Evans to the practice class so he could play if needed.

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  • Harry Blazingam
  • Jack Tongas

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Need a hint about what the Bears’ offense will look like in 2022? Look at the fact that they carry two full-backs. There’s no doubt that Blasingame will be on the roster, as Chicago has hired a linebacker for the first time since 2018. But the Bears opted to have a second fullback in Tongos, who can also play at tight end.

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  • Darnell Mooney
  • Byron Pringle
  • Velus Jones Jr.
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  • Dante Pettis

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  • Isaiah Coulter
  • Simba Webster
  • Chris Fink
  • Kevin Sand

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Mooney, Pringle, Jones and St. Brown are all expected to make the list. Pettis has made a roster for himself with his performances on offense and special teams. N’Keal Harry and Isaiah Coulter were placed at IR on the original 53-man roster.

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  • James O’Shaughnessy
  • Chase Allen

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The Bears initially kept two tight ends on the roster, suggesting they could target another through the waiver line. That’s exactly what they did when they claimed Wesco with multiple claims. He will join Kemet and Griffin on the roster after James O’Shaughnessy was released due to a non-football illness.

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  • braxton jones
  • Cody Whitehair
  • Lucas Patrick
  • Steven Jenkins
  • Larry Borom
  • Riley Reeve
  • Sam Mustifer
  • Jatel Carter

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  • Michael Schofield
  • Sean Coleman
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  • Dieter Etheln
  • Corey Dublin
  • Jean Delance

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The offensive line is going as expected, with Jones, Whitehair, Patrick, Jenkins and Borom expected to start. The biggest shock was that Schofield was cut. But the Bears responded by claiming that former first-round pick Leatherwood had been waived and that he was under contract for at least the next three years.

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  • Justin Jones
  • Angelo Blackson
  • Mike Pennell Jr.

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  • Kiris Tonga
  • Mario Edwards
  • Trevan Colley
  • Micah Dew-Treadway

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Jones was the only real roster locker inside, while Blackson and Pennell got other spots. Tonga, Coley and Edwards were shocking cuts for Chicago, though Coley was re-signed to the training squad. The Bears did get better in the paint with Watts, who was unexpectedly cut by the Vikings and should be Chicago’s playmaker in this 4-3 defense.

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  • Robert Quinn
  • Trevis Gibson
  • Gooding Muhammad
  • Dominic Robinson

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  • Sam Kamara
  • Charles Snowden

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The Bears initially retained four defensive ends of Quinn, Gibson, Mohammed and Robinson, all of whom are expected to make the roster. All four of them are locks, it’s just a question of how much defensive end they’ll carry. They parted ways with Kamara and Snowden, who signed on to practice teams. But they claim Jonathan waived his immunity, who made multiple demands on him.

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  • Roquan Smith
  • Nicholas Morrow
  • Matt Adams
  • Jack Sanborn

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  • Joe Thomas
  • Caleb Johnson
  • DeMarquez Gates

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Smith and Morrow are the only locks at linebacker, although Adams is close behind because of his understanding of the plan and his ability to play all three linebacker positions. Sanborn shined in the preseason, making the 53-man roster and stats a huge contributor to special teams. Johnson and Thomas made initial cuts, but they were waived to make room for new players to waive waivers. Among them was Weatherford, who also made multiple demands on him.

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  • Jaylen Johnson
  • Kyler Gordon
  • Ignite Wildo
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Jaylen Jones

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  • Thomas Graham Jr.
  • Duke Shelley
  • Greg Strowman Jr.
  • Dawentay Harris
  • Tarvin Young (IR)

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There are several surprises on the cornerback roster. While Johnson, Gordon and even Wildo felt they could easily make it, there were some shocking cuts and players made the cut. Graham, Shelley and Strowman were the biggest surprises for Jackson and Jones. Graham was re-signed to the practice team, and Blackwell claimed waivers were waived. Young was placed on the injury reserve, ending his season in Chicago.

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  • Eddie Jackson
  • Jaquan Brisker
  • DeAndre Houston-Carson
  • Danish Cruikshank
  • Elijah Hicks

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  • AJ Thomas
  • Jon Alexander

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Unlike cornerback, there is a clearer sense of security going into the final lineup cuts. Jackson, Brisk and Houston-Carson were locked from the start. But both Cruikshank and Hicks advanced with the help of their contributions to special teams. Both Thomas and Alexander were waived, and Thomas was re-signed to the training class.

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  • K Cairo Santos
  • P Trenton Gill
  • LS Patrick Scale

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There are no surprises for the special team that has been set up for a while. Santos is back for the third year in a row as Chicago’s starter, as Schalsz enters his eighth year with the Snappers. Gill flashed as a rookie in the preseason, and it looks like the transition from Pat O’Donnell to Gill has been smooth.

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