Bears finalize 53-man roster

The Chicago Bears have concluded final cuts, waiving 21 players, and have finalized the 53-man roster heading into Week 1 of the regular season.

The Chicago Bears waived the following 21 players today:

TE Dante Rosario
ILB Mason Foster
WR Rashad Lawrence
G Connor Boffeli
CB Qumain Black
OLB Kyle Woestmann
OLB David Bass
QB Zac Dysert
OL Michael Ola
WR Ify Umodu
NT Terry Williams
TE Gannon Sinclair
WR A.J. Cruz
ILB Matthew Wells
ILB Jonathan Anderson
DL Brandon Dunn
CB Jacoby Glenn
G Tyler Moore
DL David Carter
TE Bear Pascoe
S Anthony Jefferson

The Bears also placed DL Jeremiah Ratliff on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list.

Notable from the cut list is Dante Rosario, who was the club’s backup tight end the past two seasons. Also Mason Foster, whom the team signed this off-season to potentially compete for a starting inside linebacker job. Foster played well in the preseason finale but he appeared slow and out of shape for most of the off-season programs.

Michael Ola started 12 games for the Bears last season at three different positions but was not impressive in training camp or the preseason.

David Bass, who is still eligible for the practice squad, is a young pass rusher who got pushed out due to the number of veterans ahead of him on the depth chart. Terry Williams showed very well in the Thursday’s game against the Bengals and is a strong candidate for the practice squad.

Ify Umodu, who scored two touchdowns in the preseason, as well as Matthew Wells, who has very good speed for an inside linebacker, also appear practice-squad worthy.

Bubble Players that Made the Cut

ILB John Timu
Timu had a sack and an interception during the preseason, showing good quickness, aggressiveness and awareness. He’s also a valuable addition on special teams.

CB Terrance Mitchell
Mitchell was arguably the best defensive player of the preseason, picking up an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, while showing well in man coverage. He also served as the No. 1 kick returner in the preseason finale.

CB Tracy Porter
Porter couldn’t stay healthy this off-season and missed all but one half of one preseason game due to injury, and is still nursing a hamstring injury. Yet the veteran apparently did enough when healthy to justify a roster spot.

DL Cornelius Washington
Washington struggled as two-gap 5-technique but his value on special teams earned him the nod.

RB Ka’Deem Carey
Carey was pushed down the depth chart but his strong running in the preseason, as well as the season-ending injury to Senorise Perry, earned Carey a spot on the roster.

S Sherrod Martin
Martin, who had a pick-six in the preseason finale, secured the fourth and final safety spot, due in part to Anthony Jefferson’s arm injury.

OT Tayo Fabuluje
Fabuluje has been very inconsistent at right tackle and was a prime practice-squad candidate but that would have been a risky move by the Bears, as Fabuluje has potential in a run-heavy offense.

WRs Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy
With injuries to the starters, the Bears chose to keep six wide receivers. Bellamy and Meredith, both of whom played well in the preseason, get the call as the club’s fifth and sixth receivers.

CB Bryce Callahan
A bubble player the entire preseason, Callahan did enough in the preseason finale to lock up the club’s seventh cornerback spot.

Players by Position

QB: 3
RB: 4
WR: 6
TE: 3
OL: 9
DL: 5
OLB: 5
ILB: 4
CB: 7
S: 4
ST: 3

Total: 53

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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