When the Chicago Bears decided to add Quintin Demps to injured reserve last week, that left them one short on their 53 man roster. Earlier today they rectified that situation by promoting wide receiver Tre McBride from the practice squad. That may not have been the wide out some of you were hoping for, but he does have legitimate stretch the field speed as evidenced by his 4.37 forty at the 2015 NFL Combine.
Wide out Tanner Genrty remains on the practice squad, and while many were hoping for some Mitchel Trubisky to Gentry magic, at this point in the game, McBride’s three years bouncing around the NFL give shim the edge.
With McBride up to the main roster, the Bears added linebacker Jason Thompson to the practice squad. Thompson was an undrafted free agent from Utah, who originally signed with the New England Patriots. Thompson, a former college quarterback turned safety, is listed at linebacker by the Bears. He checks in at 6’2”, 208, and he was a late cut by the Pats.
Brian Phillips, who writes for SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit, tell us that Thompson “didn't flash much in preseason action, but was overshadowed by solid play from a handful of undrafted free agent defensive backs.”
New England did use him at safety, so I’m intrigued by the position switch to linebacker, especially considering he didn’t play the position in college. At his Utah pro day, his performance warranted him being named one of the 10 freakiest athletes in the 2017 draft class by Pro Football Focus.