Still searching for improvement on special teams and to compensate for the loss of CB Charles Tillman, the Chicago Bears made a series of player moves Tuesday.
The club’s official release is below:
The Chicago Bears have elevated CB Isaiah Frey and WR Rashad Ross to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, signed DT Roy Philon to the practice squad, waived RB Shaun Draughn and WR Chris Williams and terminated the contract of vested veteran TE Matthew Mulligan.
Frey is in his third NFL season after spending the 2013 season as the Bears primary nickelback. He has appeared in 16 games with six starts, registering 62 tackles, two pass break-ups and five quarterback pressures. He spent his 2012 rookie campaign on the Bears practice squad.
The Chicago Bears huge comeback win over San Francisco Sunday night didn’t come without a price. The Bears announced Monday that veteran CB Charles Tillman will be lost for the second consecutive season with a triceps injury.
The team’s sobering press release announcing the move and Tillman’s classy statement to Bears fans is below:
The Chicago Bears have placed CB Charles Tillman on injured reserve after rupturing his triceps.
“I appreciate the kind words of encouragement and support from all the Bears fans who have reached out to me,” Tillman said. “I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me. As I rehab my injury, my role will transition to helping coach and support my teammates. I will be at Halas Hall and do everything I can to help our team reach its goals.”
Thoughts, ramblings, and observations while watching the Chicago Bears rally for 17 fourth-quarter points en route to a 28-20 stunner over the San Francisco 49′ers.
1. Jay Cutler demonstrated his best effort elevates him into the discussion as one of the top ten QB’s in the NFL. Cutler was nearly flawless in the second half, at one point completing 13 of 14 passes and three touchdown passes (four overall) with no turnovers. Bears head coach Marc Trestman lauded Cutler afterwards on his leadership throughout the prior practice week, telling reporters that Cutler took on ownership for the offensive unit following the disappointing home loss to Buffalo.
2. DE Willie Young is a bonafide pass rusher. Young, the free agent acquisition from Detroit, possesses the length, natural burst, and first-step quickness off the edge. With the Lions, he couldn’t crack the starting unit and was used as a situational pass rusher. Through his first two games with the Bears, he’s been the team’s best pass rusher. Still sharing snaps, look for Young’s playing time to increase going forward.