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The Tight End Carousel Spins Again: Jesper Horsted Waived After Failed Physical, Rysen John Claimed Off Waivers

May 11, 2022, by Luis Medina Chicago Bears

It isn’t truly a Bears offseason without some sort of plot twist in the tight ends room.

And the latest is has Chicago playing musical chairs with tight ends on the depth chart.

On the way out the door is Jesper Horsted, per PFF’s Doug Kyed:

And in a corresponding move,  Rysen John joins the party via waivers:

A failed physical designation leading the Bears to place Horsted on waives comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, the team kept Horsted as an exclusive rights free agent earlier in the offseason. Hopefully, a failed physical isn’t a result of a serious injury.

A wide receiver by trade from his days as a standout at Princeton (yes, that Princeton), the Ivy League product has been transitioning into a tight end since arriving as a UDFA signing who made his debut in 2019. It has been limited action for Horsted, who has just 121 offensive snaps under his belt. But they’ve been memorable:

You can’t say he didn’t make the most of his opportunities (as few and far between as they were).

Perhaps he’ll latch on with a team willing to roll the dice on a project. In the meantime, we’ll turn our attention to the newest Bears tight end.

John, 24, comes to Chicago after landing on waivers after a stint with the New York Giants. He spent the last year on IR with an ankle injury. Maybe a change of scenery and a clean bill of health will put him on a path to earning a roster spot in Chicago. Like Horsted, John is taking a unique journey in making it to the NFL. John played collegiately at Simon Fraser University in Canadian British Columbia where he was a wide receiver. Checking in at 6-7 and 240 pounds, John has a large frame that I suppose could make him a feasible red zone target. He has a ways to go before he makes it there, but it looks like he’ll get a shot in Chicago. Well, unless there is more roster churn at the position coming down the pipeline.

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Bears sign two WRs

Tajae Sharpe Is Reportedly Signing With the Bears and Joining the Parade of Potential WR Helpers (UPDATE: Dante Pettis, Too!)

May 11, 2022, by Luis Medina Chicago Bears

The Bears’ approach to helping Justin Fields with new receivers seems to be to be rooted in taking fliers on some fringe dudes who could play their way into bigger roles.

Coming soon to the mix is Tajae Sharpe, per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport:

Sharpe, 27, was a fifth-round pick in 2016 by the Titans, a team he’d spend the first four years of his career with catching passes from the likes of Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Tannehill. The UMass product spent the 2021 season with the Falcons. And prior to that, Sharpe had a four-game cameo with the Vikings. But he didn’t catch any passes and was given just three targets. Ideally, he would quickly surpass those numbers in Chicago if he can earn a spot on the roster.

And judging by the assembled talent the Bears have in the receivers room, there will be opportunities to win a job. Especially if you’re someone like Sharpe, a five-year player who has 117 catches, 1,397 receiving yards, and 8 touchdowns in 66 career games. Sharpe has starting experience, too. The Titans gave Sharpe 23 starts in his first two seasons. And while he never replicated his rookie-year production — 41 catches, 522 yards — he could provide a stable floor as a WR4 for this offense. And with some upside, too.

This Lance Zierlein description from Sharpe’s NFL Draft profile has my attention:

Sharpe has the athleticism, hands and feel for space to work from the slot and the size and route acumen to work outside. It might take a year, but he has the talent and football character to become a productive NFL receiver.

All right. So … Sharpe isn’t a world-beater. And there isn’t an expectation that he’ll be a game-changer. But worthwhile depth never hurt anyone. Who knows, he could even help the Bears.

UPDATE — Bears got another one:

Dante Pettis was a draft crush of mine a few years ago. And I’m definitely intrigued by adding the option to the mix.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

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To put this roster in perspective, Poles brought 40 rookies in for mini-camp. Yes, you read right! 40

The Bears have never had that many rookies on the roster before.  Almost half of the 90 roster spots are filled with Rookies! This is how you build a young roster! At the other end of the spectrum, there are only 4 or 5 guys that are 30 or over.

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The Shadow wrote:

To put this roster in perspective, Poles brought 40 rookies in for mini-camp. Yes, you read right! 40

The Bears have never had that many rookies on the roster before.  Almost half of the 90 roster spots are filled with Rookies! This is how you build a young roster! At the other end of the spectrum, there are only 4 or 5 guys that are 30 or over.

It is impressive what they've done so far. I fully approve the direction Poles is going.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Poles still churning the roster. 

Bears sign Shon Coleman, waive Ryan Winslow

Posted by Josh Alper on May 17, 2022, 10:53 AM EDT

The Bears announced a couple of roster moves on Tuesday morning.They have signed tackle Shon Coleman to their 90-man roster. Punter Ryan Winslow was waived in a corresponding move.Coleman was released by the Colts earlier this month. 

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The Bears Cut DE Jeremiah Attaochu and Bring Back DT Mike Pennel

June 13, 2022, by Luis Medina Chicago Bears

The NFL moves quickly, even during the dog days of the offseason.

Last Wednesday, Jeremiah Attaochu — who was transitioning from being a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense into a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme — was kicking it old school while playing a position he hadn’t since college. And was even sounding like he was willing to embrace change:

But life comes at you fast:

It is a defensive line swap as the offseason roster churn continues.

Five days after making the comments above, out goes Attaochu. The Bears brought in Attaochu to be a rotational pass-rushing edge defender last offseason. They even got some help from Khalil Mack, who reportedly was aiding in the recruitment process. But I suppose with Mack gone, it was only a matter of time until Attaochu (who had a questionable schematic fit) was following him out the door. Per OverTheCap.com’s calculations, cutting Attaochu creates $1.65 million (UPDATE: $2.45M, per PFF’s Brad Spielberger) in salary cap space and brings the Bears to $23,860,674 under the cap. Of course, it comes with a $1.45 million dead money hit, but we can add that to the already considerable pile and no one will notice.

Seriously, the Bears are eating $56,600,623 worth of dead money for players who aren’t playing for the team in 2022. Ryan Pace would likely hide his face in shame if someone were to bring that number up to him. Then again, Pace’s current employer (the Falcons) are the only team with more dead money on their books — $63,209,458 worth of dead cash. Yikes!

Back to the Bears. In a corresponding move, in comes Mike Pennel. A defensive tackle who spent some time with the Bears when Eddie Goldman’s status was up-in-the-air, Pennel also has a history with GM Ryan Poles as they crossed paths while in Kansas City during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Unlike Attaochu, who was a pass-rushing linebacker by trade, Pennel is a more traditional defensive tackle. Pennel spent last year in Atlanta, playing 10 games (no starts) and appearing on 37 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. The Bears came into this week a little light at the defensive tackle spot. But adding Pennel’s 6-foot-4, 330-pound changes that a bit.

2022  Prepare for the Suck!

2023 A Bright new Day!

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Chicago Bears place Dakota Dozier on IR a week after practice injury

Jun 21, 2022

Courtney CroninESPN Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- The Bears placed Dakota Dozier on injured reserve Tuesday, one week after the veteran offensive lineman suffered an apparent left leg injury during a minicamp practice.

Dozier, 31, was carted off the field toward the end of practice on June 14 when he got hurt nearing the end of a play during the team portion. He did not return for the next two days of the mandatory minicamp.

At the time of his injury, Dozier had been competing at second-team left guard. He had also gotten reps at right guard with the first-team unit earlier this spring.

The Bears signed Dozier to a one-year deal in March after he spent three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Dozier spent most of the 2021 season on the Vikings' practice squad before being promoted to the active roster in late December. He started 16 games at left guard in 2020.

Chicago filled its available roster spot by signing defensive back Jayson Stanley, a former undrafted free agent who signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 and has played with the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. Stanley appeared in eight games for the Seahawks in 2020.

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Sorry to see the guy get hurt, but I really was not looking forward to him playing RG. He was a turnstile in Minny.

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