As football’s “Black Friday” draws to a close, a new day dawns on Saturday September 1st. After a day of furious NFL roster cuts, every team is allowed to sign 8 players to their 2012 practice squad.
Below is a list of eight waived Chicago Bears’ players who in my opinion, have a shot at still being around the organization this season.
Greg McCoy. CB: The Bears 7th round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. He had a nice pick against the Cleveland Browns, has kick return ability. It would be interesting to see what a year of development on the practice squad could do for this guy.
Isaiah Frey. CB: The Bears 6th round pick from the 2012 NFL draft has also been waived. In my opinion he has a higher ceiling than McCoy and the Bears know it, as a result, if he clears waivers he is a firm lock for a practice squad spot.
Armando Allen. RB: So five receptions for 51 yards, 16 rushing attempts for 84 yards, a touchdown and a forced fumble in the final preseason game wasn’t enough to secure a 53-man roster spot. If he clears waivers, Allen will also be a lock for a spot.
Jabara Williams. LB: Williams had a relatively solid preseason, recording 10 tackles in all across three preseason games. He has already been rumored as a favorite for a practice squad spot.
Joe Anderson. WR: After showing good hands and okay route running, Anderson beat out Chris Summers in the first round of roster cuts. Much the same as Williams and Frey, Anderson is a firm practice squad candidate, if he clears waivers.
Brittan Golden. WR. He would be an unlikely addition, he has however publicly expressed a desire to stay on the practice squad in Chicago. Regardless of his punt block recovery for a touchdown, he missed tackles on Special Teams and dropped catchable balls in preseason.
Matt Blanchard. QB. It is fully expected that the undrafted rookie free agent out of Wisconsin Whitewater has shown promise all preseason. Do not be surprised if the Bears cut him deliberately early so that there was less tape on him, in order to bluff him into the practice squad.
James Brown. OT. Brown has impressed all preseason. He has pass blocked well and also opened up running lanes on the right and left side. He would be a brilliant addition for the Bears to hide away on their practice squad for a year.
One thing is for sure, just because black Friday is over does not mean more movement will not happen. So be sure to stay tuned over the coming week in the build up to the season for regular updates on any roster moves the Bears make.