Chicago Bears Name Initial 53-Man Roster

Chuck Pagano fired

Getty Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and head coach Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears have their initial 53-man roster set. Final cuts were due by 4 PM Eastern Time Saturday, and it took the team a few extra hours, but they finally did it. There were a few surprises, including corner Kevin Toliver, who was expected to compete for a starting position, getting released.

Defensive back Marqui Christian is currently suspended for the first two games of the season, but is expected to be a potential roster addition when Week 3 rolls around.

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Bears Initial 53-Man Roster: 2 QB’s, A New RB, & 5 New TE’s…

There are zero surprises on the quarterback front, and very few brow-raisers on the offensive side of the ball. The team did revamp their tight ends room completely; none of the five currently on the roster were with the team in 2019.

Here’s a look at who the team decided to keep on its initial 53-man roster:

  1. Quarterback (2)
  2. Mitch Trubisky
  3. Nick Foles
  4. Running back (4)
  5. David Montgomery
  6. Tarik Cohen
  7. Ryan Nall
  8. Cordarrelle Patterson
  9. Tight end (5)
  10. Jimmy Graham
  11. Cole Kmet
  12. Eric Saubert
  13. Demetrius Harris
  14. J.P. Holtz
  15. Wide Receiver (6)
  16. Allen Robinson
  17. Anthony Miller
  18. Darnell Mooney
  19. Ted Ginn Jr.
  20. Riley Ridley
  21. Javon Wims
  22. Offensive line (9)
  23. James Daniels
  24. Cody Whitehair
  25. Charles Leno Jr.
  26. Bobby Massie
  27. Germain Ifedi
  28. Jason Spriggs
  29. Sam Mustipher
  30. Arlington Hambright
  31. Rashad Coward
  32. Defensive line (5)
  33. Akiem Hicks
  34. Bilal Nichols
  35. Roy Robertson-Harris
  36. John Jenkins
  37. Brent Urban
  38. Outside Linebacker (5)
  39. Khalil Mack
  40. Robert Quinn
  41. James Vaughters
  42. Trevis Gipson
  43. Barkevious Mingo
  44. Inside Linebacker (4)
  45. Roquan Smith
  46. Danny Trevathan
  47. Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  48. Josh Woods
  49. Cornerback (5)
  50. Kyle Fuller
  51. Jaylon Johnson
  52. Buster Skrine
  53. Duke Shelley
  54. Kindle Vildor
  55. Safety (6)
  56. Eddie Jackson
  57. Tashaun Gipson
  58. Deon Bush
  59. DeAndre Houston-Carson
  60. Sherrick McManis
  61. Special Teams: (3)
  62. Eddy Piñeiro (K)
  63. Pat O’Donnell (P)
  64. Patrick Scales (LS)

Bears Practice Squad: Which Recently Cut Players Have the Best Shot?

Bears try out K Cairo Santos

GettyKicker Cairo Santos could very well be the Bears’ kicker for the first month of the 2020 season if Eddy Pineiro goes on injured reserve.

One of the more interesting rumors to emerge during cuts on Saturday came from Chris Emma of 670 The Score, who suggested kicker Eddy Piñeiro, who made the team as the only kicker on the squad, may be heading to injured reserve. If this happens, the Bears will likely turn to Cairo Santos, who they signed before releasing Saturday. Thus, Santos is a perfect candidate for the practice squad.

A few other interesting names to watch are on the defensive side of the ball. The most surprising cut was cornerback Kevin Toliver, who was expected to compete with rookie Jaylon Johnson for the starting spot opposite Kyle Fuller. Toliver played in 27 games for the Bears over his first two seasons, starting two. It wouldn’t be a surprise if another team starved for depth in the secondary swoops in and picks him up off waivers.

Another player to watch? Linebacker Ledarius Mack, the little brother of Khalil. The Bears, who are deep on defense and special teams, cut him Saturday, but if the younger Mack clears waivers, look for Chicago to add him to the practice squad.

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