The Chicago Bears have made some roster moves following rookie minicamp, as they head into the segment of the second phase of the preseason program where rookies work with veterans for the first time.
#Bears have waived LB Khaseem Greene, released DE Austin Lane, & signed QB Pat Devlin, LB Kyle Woestmann & DT Terry Williams.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 11, 2015
Khaseem Greene was selected by Phil Emery out of Rutgers in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, and was seen as a natural 4-3 WILL 'backer and potential successor to then-incumbent Lance Briggs. He was pressed into making four starts (appearing in 15 games) as a rookie due to the many injuries in the defense that year, but appeared to fall out of the coaches' graces last season, falling behind UDFA Christian Jones on the depth chart.
Defensive end Austen Lane, who was signed by the Bears last offseason after having played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions, was waived when the team had to reduce its roster to 53, and was re-signed in December. He did not make any regular season appearances for the team. With the Bears' defense switching to a 3-4, neither Lane nor Greene were apparently deemed a fit for Vic Fangio's scheme.
The three players signed by the Bears attended the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis:
Pat Devlin, who joined the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie out of Delaware in 2011 and spent the second half of last season on the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad, joins David Fales and Shane Carden in the battle for the Bears' #3 QB job. None of the three have thrown a pass in a regular season NFL game.
Vanderbilt OLB Kyle Woestmann appeared in 49 games (24 starts) over four seasons, and was a team captain in his senior year, starting 11 games and recording 30 tackles, one sack, 5.5 TFLs and a forced fumble.
DT Terry Williams was a three-year starter at East Carolina, where he earned First-Team All-American Conference honors as a senior, racking up 34 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks over 10 games (8 starts).
The Bears' roster now stands at 89, despite some confusion earlier from the day from the Bears' beat reporters:
EDIT: The Bears just made another roster move, bring it up to the maximum of 90 [hat tip to Mike Ditka's Cigar]:
So there is roster spot 90 for you RT @MikeGarafolo Bears claimed TE Chris Pantale, who was waived by the Jets the other day— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) May 11, 2015
Pantale is 6-5, 254 pounds and was undrafted from Boston College last year. Appeared in 5 games for #Jets with no receptions.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) May 11, 2015
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