Robert Hughes capped off his preseason with a solid performance, but it wasn't enough to keep him on the roster. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
We'd be remiss if we didn't pay tribute to those players who didn't make the final cuts. Of course, most highlights are made by those who managed to scratch and claw their way to a roster spot (Kyle Adams, Dane Sanzenbacher, looking in your general directions), but once in a while preseason heroes arise only to be struck down.
So follow me across the jump as we remember the top performances of those cut in the making of our initial 53...
Week 4: RB Robert Hughes - 16 carries, 69 yards, 2 TD; 2 receptions, 26 yards
For about as meaningless as a preseason game as there could possibly be, Hughes delivered a strong performance as the backup running backs were beset by injuries, with 95 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. This performance pushed him through to the final day of cuts.
Week 1: WR Kris Adams - 3 receptions, 58 yards
Adams performed well in training camp, but it was this performance alongside third string quarterback Nathan Enderle and Trever Vittatoe that put him on the Bears' map, including a nice deep reception.
Week 2: WR Onrea Jones - 3 receptions, 48 yards
Jones was another of the undrafted receivers looking to make a splash on the receiving corps. Played hard, looked good, just fell short and was cut Friday.
Week 4: DT Jordan Miller - 1 tackle, 1 sack
Miller pushed through for a sack, one of four allowed by Cleveland in the preseason finale.
Tied: Week 1: DB Mike Holmes - 1 INT and Week 4: DB Deron Minor - 1 INT
The Bears had two interceptions during the entire preseason. Neither of the players that made those interceptions are on the final roster.
And just because it's the final evidence as to why Chester Taylor was really, truly cut yesterday...
Whole Preseason: RB Chester Taylor - 16 carries, 37 yards - 2.3 YPC
So is there anyone that you were surprised was cut yesterday (or wasn't cut)? Do you have a favorite preseason moment? Sound off!