By Clyde A. Speller @ClydeASpeller on June 22, 2014
With minicamp for the Chicago Bears in the rearview mirror, much can’t be said about who will man some of the starting positions just yet. However, the Bears’ coaching staff did see enough to decide if whether some players were worth bringing into training camp. Here are the five biggest duds from Chicago’s minicamp.
Already recovering from shoulder surgery, Chris Conte missed a few days of camp due to illness. While sidelined, rookie Brock Vereen has stepped in and seems to be a step ahead of Conte for the starting free safety spot.
Sean Cattouse really didn’t have a fighting chance of making the roster, considering all of the new faces in the Bears’ defensive secondary.
Having donned many NFL uniforms, quarterback Jerrod Johnson will be on the search for yet another. Chicago released the journeyman QB after it was apparent that newly-acquired quarterback Jimmy Clausen would get more reps as a backup.
Coaches were high on Fendi Onobun last preseason, but he didn’t make the 53-man roster. Unfortunately, the former basketball player didn’t do enough to persuade the Bears’ coaching staff heading into 2014.
Chicago signed Israel Idonije with the hopes of adding depth to the Bears’ D-line, but the services of the 11-year veteran seemed to be irrelevant. Idonije is far from the player who he used to be, and the additions of a number of younger defensive linemen this past offseason made the decision of cutting ties with Idonije even easier.
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