Bears establish 10-man practice squad

The Chicago Bears have signed 10 players to the team's practice squad, a group that includes four brand new faces.

The Chicago Bears have signed the following 10 players to the club's 2015 practice squad:

LB Jonathan Anderson
LB Lamin Barrow
T Nick Becton
DL Brandon Dunn
CB Jacoby Glenn
RB/FB Paul Lasike
WR Jalen Saunders
TE Gannon Sinclair
WR Ify Umodu
NT Terry Williams

Six of the 10 players spent training camp and the preseason with the Bears: Anderson, Dunn, Glenn, Sinclair, Umodu and Williams.

Anderson secured his spot in the final preseason contest when he picked up 2.0 sacks as an inside blitzer. He saw some first-team time on special teams during camp and will likely be one of the first players called up if a replacement is needed in the third phase.

Glenn did not stand out during camp or the preseason but he did rack up six tackles in the finale. At 6-0, 179, the 22-year-old is a little thin for the boundary position.

Sinclair was signed last week and saw very little time in the preseason. The 6-6, 256 pounder out of Missouri State ran a 4.86 40-yard dash at his pro day and posted 13 bench-press reps of 225 pounds.

Umodu scored two touchdowns during the preseason, one following his blocked punt in the third preseason contest and another on a pass from David Fales against the Browns. Umodu has very good size (6-3, 215) but he's a little stiff.

Williams was one of the standouts of the preseason finale, showing great stack-and-shed ability against Cleveland's backup offensive line. If the Bears get in a bind along the interior of the defensive line and need a run-stopping presence, Williams will likely get the call.

Dunn played 5-technique through the preseason and has decent two-gap ability.

The other four players on the practice squad are new to Chicago.

LB Lamin Barrow was a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2014, so he's familiar with head coach John Fox. The LSU product (6-1, 237) played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season, starting one, and accumulated nine combined tackles.

OT Nick Becton is a former 2013 undrafted free agent who spent time with three teams the past two seasons. The 6-6, 323 pounder was active for one game for the New Orleans Saints last season. New GM Ryan Pace, who spent 14 seasons in the Saints front office, is familiar with Becton.

FB Paul Lasike is an ex-Rugby player out of BYU who spent the preseason with the Cardinals. He's a pure lead blocker, something the Bears lack on the current roster.

WR Jalen Saunders was a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2014. He played three games for the Jets last season before being cut and was the signed by the Saints, again while Pace was there, where he was active for six contests. The Oklahoma product was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick this off-season and was cut last week.

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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