The Chicago Bears this morning signed 10 players to the practice squad (PS). To start the season, here are the athletes that will comprise the club’s PS:
Notable on this list is Josh Bellamy, who could make a quick leap to the 53-man roster if the Bears place Marquess Wilson on the Active/PUP list.
Taylor Boggs was the Bears’ backup center last season and will likely serve as the club’s emergency interior offensive lineman. Like Bellamy, Boggs could soon be a member of the active roster, as Brian de la Puente is still not 100 percent recovered from his knee sprain.
Isaiah Frey served as the team’s nickelback last year and still has upside. He was beaten out by Demontre Hurst in the preseason but Frey’s experience will be valuable down the line once Charles Tillman is injured.
Rashad Ross was signed due to his potential as a kick returner. Playing for Arizona State in 2012, Ross received honorable mention honors on the All-Pac-12 list for his duties as a return man.
DeDe Lattimore is undersized (6-1, 237) but he plays fast and physical. He stood out in the final preseason game at middle linebacker, which very likely earned him his spot on the PS.
Of all the players on this list, Al Louis-Jean has arguably the most long-term potential. Just 20 years old, Louis-Jean showed solid coverage skills in both training camp and the preseason. He’s long (6-1, 187) and is very quick. If he develops this year during practice, he could round out Chicago’s cornerback roster next season.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.