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The Bears Den: September 02, 2013 - Final roster news and notes

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Bears cut five players to reach 53-man roster limit - Larry Mayer: The Bears reached the NFL's 53-man roster limit Saturday by waiving Brandon Hardin, J.T. Thomas, Cory Brandon, Corvey Irvin and Terrence Toliver. Add seven to practice squad; claim Bass & waive Ozougwu.

Bears’ Top 10 roster upgrades from 2012 - Mark Potash: On paper, the Bears have brought their offense into the 21st century. But don’t take it from me. Take it from Pat Mannelly, who in his 16 seasons has seen three HCs and seven OCs come and go.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears didn't put Jordan Palmer on their practice squad, the position with the most turnover, and Charles Tillman's career sacks.

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Bears roster cuts

Bears cut-down analysis - Michael C. Wright's thoughts on the moves the Bears made to get down to 53. Bears claim Bass, add 7 to practice squad.

Bears make final cuts - Brad Biggs: Departure of JT Thomas means only two players remain from Jerry Angelo’s final draft class in 2011. Nine rookies make the 53; more roster notes.

All 6 draft picks, 9 rookies in all make Bears’ roster - Mark Potash: Cutdown to 53 emphasized the transition of the roster; with Webb and JT Thomas being cut, the Bears have only 10 players on their roster who were drafted by Angelo.

Bears’ young blood survives cuts - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears’ 53-man roster features an overhauled O-line, nine rookies, four full-time returning starters on O, nine returners on D and 27 players with expiring contracts. And it’s on a new HC to put it all together. Britton as emergency center, Palmer praises Trestman.

Bears have lots of talented cubs - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears might not be rebuilding, but Phil ­Emery is deftly trying to reload while winning with his talented cast of veterans. Moon Mullin: Age is just a number.

Roster analysis - Brad Biggs: How the Bears 53-man roster shapes up after final cuts were made Saturday. Breakdown by remaining contract length.

Roster analysis - Moon Mullin breaks down the "final" 53-man roster (prior to adding Bass) - Familiar faces signed to PS - [Video] Injury and depth concerns at WR position.

Bears OL makeover ripples league-wide - Moon Mullin: If Phil Emery can be faulted for poor personnel evaluations on the 2012 O-line, he also can be credited with fixing the situation.

Costanzo proves to be someone special to Bears - Bob LeGere: Addition of four LBs in offseason leaves room for only one LB who played predominantly special teams; more roster notes. Anderson’s confidence is catching for Bears. [I'm so sorry, not my puns - Den]

Bears' 'gamble' on Hardin a good one - Moon Mullin: The reason why Hardin does not belong in the conversation with Jarron Gilbert, Juaquin Iglesias, Michael Okwo, Garrett Wolfe and other third-round flops lies in the philosophy behind the pick.


Game review - PFF's Three Performances of Note from Bears-Browns. It was a bad weekend for the Brandons.

Twenty bold predictions for 2013 NFL season - Don Banks thinks Cutler and the Bears will move on from one another after a so-so season, but that Romo will justify his monster contract. Now, that is bold.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - As the season opener approaches, who are the players that must prove their value under new coach Marc Trestman?

Ex-Bear news - Sean Jensen: J'Marcus Webb had a rough 2012 - being flagged for eight penalties, giving up seven sacks and allowing 30 QB hurries - but, desperate for depth, the Vikings claimed him off waivers from the Bears on Sunday.

[Video] ESPN - Kevin Seifert breaks down the Vikings' decision to sign J'Marcus Webb: From opening training camp as a starter, teams clearly now see him as a backup.

NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: Aaron Kromer has his work cut out for him, Jadeveon Clowney, cutdown time and more in this week’s Blitz.

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What goes into finalizing NFL rosters at 53 - Pat Kirwan: What goes on when trimming to the final roster of 53? How is Rex Grossman relevant? And do the Packers really start four undrafted players?

The final cut process - Greg Gabriel: Decisions made by coaches, GMs spell Doomsday for a lot of players in the league.

A solution to the NFL schedule debate - PFF's Kevin Greenstein's thoughts on how to give the NFL what it wants without adding wear and tear to players' bodies.

Know thy enemies - PFF's Three Performances of Note for TEN@MIN (predraft favourite Brian Schwenke had a torrid game in run blocking), DET@BUF (a Jarron Gilbert sighting!), and GB@KC.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky analyses the Packers' final cuts to get down to 53. Packers' draft-and-develop tenet is evident.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling breaks down the Vikings' moves to get to 53. A deeper look at the Vikings roster.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Judd Zulgad: In the end, Vikings' decisions weren't all that difficult. Mark Craig: NFL’s second-worst passing attack adds Jennings, Patterson to seek balance.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert's Lions cut-down analysis. Why the Lions are the NFL's oldest team; Looking closer at Martin Mayhew's drafts.

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