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Bears change their mind, John Franklin III cut, Jonathon Mincy back on the practice squad

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That didn’t last long. Franklin is cut and Mincy is back.

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September 26, 11:07 - In an odd move, the Chicago Bears have decided to cut John Franklin III, whom they signed earlier on Wednesday, from their practice squad, and replace him with Jonathon Mincy, whom they cut on Tuesday.

Both play defensive back, but the 26-year old Mincy is the more experienced of the two players. Franklin, a rookie UDFA, has a lot of athletic upside, but with both Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper sitting out practice today, perhaps the Bears wanted a more game ready option in the fold in case they have to make a roster move for Sunday.

There could be a more dramatic reason behind this roster move, and it it ever comes out we’ll pass it along.


September 26, 1:00 p.m. - After releasing defensive back Jonathon Mincy from the practice squad yesterday, the Chicago Bears are adding defensive back John Franklin III to take his place today.

Franklin was a member of the Bears offseason roster and was a part of their final cut-downs on September 1. The 2018 undrafted free agent had a winding road throughout his collegiate career, which started at Florida State University from 2013 to 2014, before landing at East Mississippi Community College for a year. He then attended Auburn University in 2016, and he finally landed at Florida Atlantic University in 2017. He played quarterback for most of his career, but ended up as a wide receiver for FAU last season.

Jacob Infante profiled Franklin when the Bears originally signed him back in May to play defensive back.

The former NCAA Champion sprinter and reality TV star is a freakishly good athlete at 6’1”, and he has the speed and length that the Bears covet for their cornerbacks.


News surrounding the Bears 53-man roster is highlighted by the injuries to wide out Anthony Miller and cornerback Prince Amukamara. While we have no official word on the two yet, Miller is dealing with a dislocated shoulder and Amukamara is working through a pulled hamstring.