Bears RB Chester Taylor sticks as roster cut to 65
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org September 2, 2011 11:04PM
Chester Taylor survived the latest round of cuts but still has to sweat out another to make the Bears’ 53-man roster. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: November 5, 2011 2:06PM
There were no surprises as the Bears announced Friday they have cut 14 players to pare their roster to 65. But it’s worth noting that running back Chester Taylor wasn’t among them.
Taylor, who is thought to have been beaten out by Kahlil Bell, still has a chance to make the 53-man roster. He is scheduled to make $1.25 million this season, but that is not guaranteed until Sept. 11, when the Bears begin the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons.
It’s possible the Bears could keep Taylor, wait for the roster-cut dust to settle around the league and see if another team needs a proven running back coming off a tough season in a developing offense.
The list of players cut Friday: linebackers Tressor Baptiste, Chris Johnson and Deron Minor, cornerbacks Antareis Bryan and Ryan Jones, wide receivers Andy Fantuz, Onrea Jones and Jimmy Young, fullback Eddie Williams, center Alex Linnenkohl, offensive tackle Josh Davis, center Alex Linnenkohl, punter Spencer Lanning and guard Johan Asiata.
The Bears have to make 12 more cuts by Saturday to get down to the 53-man roster. The Bears can put eight players on the practice squad after making their cutdown.
Undrafted rookie Dane Sanzenbacher, who caught four passes for 50 yards and had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown called back in Friday night’s 24-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field, figures to have a spot.
‘‘I hope so,’’ Sanzenbacher said. ‘‘Every team is looking for something different. We’ve got so many great players on this team. It’s going to be a tough decision for them regardless, I now that. I’m glad it’s there’s and not mine.’’
The tough cuts still remain. Defensive end Nick Reed had a sack, a pass deflection and a touchdown-saving tackle-for-loss against the Browns. But undrafted rookie Mario Addison also had an impressive game and might be a risk to try to get on the practice squad without another team claiming him.
With Williams cut, it appears the blocking-back role will go to either Will Ta’ofu’ou or H-back Kyle Adams, the rookie from Purdue. Though you never know. Last year the Bears didn’t keep a fullback, preferring to keep both running backs Garrett Wolfe and Bell.
The linebacker cuts figure to be interesting because of the lack of depth behind the three starters and reserve Brian Iwuh. Rookies Dom DeCicco and J.T. Thomas and second-year player Patrick Trahan are in the running. But the Bears also are likely to pick up a veteran off the waiver wire.