The Chicago Bears had to trim there roster down to 53 today and they decided to keep three quarterbacks, four running backs, and six wide receivers.
They cut one guy, who everyone thought showed great promise and it could be a huge mistake.
Brandon Rideau, has been on the Bears practice squad for a couple of years now and in four games this preseason he caught three touchdown passes.
Rideau had 127 yards in those games, he totally outplayed veteran WR Marty Booker, who in my mind was the guy to go.
The Bears are looking to establish their eight man practice squad and they better put Rideau on that list.
Rideau is a big kid at 6’3″ and I hope they add him to their roster this season, if they get him through waivers.
The Bears had talks about keeping only two QB’s this season, but realized rookie QB Caleb Hanie from Colorado State showed too much this preseason.
Hanie is the QB of the future for the Bears, not only does he have a decent arm, but he is athletic and he can scramble for the first down, if you need it.
Hanie combined for 29/49 on passing attempts, 321 yards through the air, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Hanie had this to say about making the 53 man roster “After a couple of [exhibition] games, I figured I had at least a shot at making it.”
“It just really depended on the numbers for me. I’m just thankful to be in this position now.”
“[Coach] Lovie Smith gave me a call and said, ‘Usually these calls are bad, but I just wanted to let you know you made it.”
Veteran Fred Miller has been offered a one-year deal, but has yet to act on it.
Also, rookie LT Chris Williams is likely out for the season and Terrance Metcalf doesn’t know how long he will be out.
The Bears have only seven offensive lineman on their roster, with John St. Clair replacing Chris Williams at LT and Josh Beekman replacing Terrance Metcalf at LG.
Aslo released to get the roster down to 53 were offensive linemen Anthony Oakley and Tyler Reed, tight end Fontel Mines, long-snapper Thomas Gafford and nine rookies in punter Zacrey Atterberry, defensive end Ervin Baldwin, tackle Cody Balogh, cornerback Trey Brown, defensive ends Joe Clermond and Nick Osborn, linebacker Joey LaRocque, guard Ryan Poles and tight end Marcus Stone.
So here is the breakdown of the Chicago Bears 2008-2009 roster in alphabetical order:
Quarterbacks (3): Rex Grossman, Caleb Hanie, Kyle Orton
Running backs (4): Matt Forte, Kevin Jones, Adrian Peterson, Garrett Wolfe
Fullbacks (1): Jason McKie
Wide receivers (6): Earl Bennett, Marty Booker, Mark Bradley, Rashied Davis, Devin Hester, Brandon Lloyd
Tight ends (3): Desmond Clark, Kellen Davis, Greg Olsen
Offensive linemen (8): Kirk Barton, Josh Beekman, Roberto Garza, Olin Kreutz, Terrence Metcalf, John St. Clair, John Tait, Chris Williams
Defensive linemen (9): Anthony Adams, Mark Anderson, Alex Brown, Dusty Dvoracek, Tommie Harris, Marcus Harrison, Israel Idonije, Adewale Ogunleye, Matt Toeaina
Linebackers (6): Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Darrell McClover, Nick Roach, Brian Urlacher, Jamar Williams
Cornerbacks (5): Zackary Bowman, Corey Graham, Trumaine McBride, Charles Tillman, Nate Vasher
Safeties (5): Mike Brown, Danieal Manning, Brandon McGowan, Kevin Payne, Craig Steltz
Specialists (3): Robbie Gould, Patrick Mannelly, Brad Maynard
The Bears want to get some other veteran offensive lineman in the mix, atleast as backups, just to help out the current line, which is shaky right now.
Also, they might regret the release of Rideau, but who knows, maybe Booker will wake up and have a big game.