The Bears practice squad:
The Bears also signed 10 players to their practice squad, adding wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, cornerbackIsaiah Frey, guard Ryan Groy, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and wide receiver Rashad Ross.
As mentioned yesterday, the Bears did announce signing LS, Jeremy Cain, who had been cut earlier. Last season, Cain was Mannelly' backup.
Here is an interesting factoid. We all have seen the preponderance of penalties on defensive backs for holding/illegal use of hands or whatever, during preseason. The fascinating thing is this enforcement came from the fact the Seattle Seahawks were mugging wide receivers for the last couple seasons. During the preseason, the starting DB's for Seattle had over 250 snaps, zero penalties! Not one called on the muggers from the Puget Sound.
Okay, while I am not a big fan of making predictions, I say the Bears will be 10-6 best, 9-7 worst. Making the playoff's will be difficult, so I will say maybe.
One last comment. We as fans sometimes wonder what management is doing or why the make the decisions they do. During the FA period when bringing in a quality safety seemed to be our number one priority, the Bears never touched Miami's Chris Clemons. He was rated highly by PFF, seemed to be the perfect fit as FS for the Bears. Chris later signed by Houston and looked like "what the heck Bears" kind of feeling. Well, Clemons got cut by the Texans! I also noted several other players that many of us thought the Bears should have drafted got cut. Yes, several will hit the PS for those teams, but it just goes to show Emery and his team really do know what there doing. They do get it wrong sometimes, but don't we all?
Update: There seems to be quite a bit of gnashing of teeth over the kick off return game. Like I said before, most of the kickoff's that got returned would have been touch backs in a real game. However, a large group feels the KR team is missing Devin Hester. So I did some checking. Over the last three seasons, Hester averaged 25.5 yards with one TD (2011). No if you look at the Bears most productive preseason return man, Senorise Perry, he averaged 24.7 yards. Less than a yard difference. I realize the sample is small for Perry but it does explain one reason why the kept him. I will repeat, it is the return game that is the issue, but coverage.