Roster spots up for grabs in preseason finale

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With the 53 man roster cut down looming for the Chicago Bears , let’s take a look at the competition for the final roster spots. First up, let’s look at the offense:

-Armando Allen vs. Lorenzo Booker,  third RB: Booker could turn out to be a reclamation project. He returned a kick 105 yards for a touchdown in the game against Washington, and followed up with a solid performance of catching the ball out of the backfield in last Friday’s contest with the Giants.

Allen has been steady throughout the training camp, but he doesn’t have many wow moments.

-Dane Sanzenbacher vs. Joe Anderson, 6th WR: Sanzenbacher has improved noticeably on special teams. He still drops an
occasional ball or two, but he responded to the competition during camp. Sanzenbacher should be on the final roster.  Anderson was a nobody, just a camp practice player, when he made a pair of good caches and a nifty move to score a touchdown against the Giants. He had a solid camp and it may be enough to earn him a spot on the practice squad.

-Ricky Henry, James Brown, A.J. Greene, Cory Brandon, Edwin Williamsm, OL: Expect two to survive the final cut. Henry enters his second season with the team after being on the practice squad last season. Brown and Brandon, two huge undrafted free agents, have shown flashes. They may be competing for one spot.

Evan Rodriguez, Kyle Adams, Matt Spaeth, Brandon Venson, TE: With inconsistent Kellen Davis in place, how many TE’s do the Bears keep? The athletic Rodriguez, Chicago’s fourth-round pick in last spring’s draft, appears to be athletic and fluid. Adams, also entering his second year,is unspectacular but solid. He’s also a versatile special teams player. Spaeth is an above average blocker with sneaky good hands. Will Spaeth’s recent injury serve as a convenient excuse for the Bears to release him?

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-Cheta Ozougu vs. Corey Wootton, DE: Bears patience is wearing thin with Wootton, who has spent too much time on the sidelines with injuries and not enough making plays on the field. Ozougu flashes impressive first step quickness, but has committed costly personal foul penalties.

Jordan Miller vs. Brian Price: Price has the edge and appears to be rounding in shape. Miller was an undrafted free agent last year , stuck on the practice squad, and the club reportedly likes his upside. After getting in shape, Price showed up on fim in the last two preseason games, getting through the line of scrimmage and “winning” some of those battles in the trenches.

Jabara Williams, Xavier Adibi, J.T. Thomas,Patrick Trahan, LB: Crowded backup LB field with limited experience. Adibi joined the squad late and may be at a disadvantage. Thomas showed up in Giants game and has been active. Trahan could stick, unless the Bears seek a more experienced veteran with the health questions surrounding Brian Urlacher. Wil

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liams is a long shot.

Jonathan Wilhite, Isaiah Frey, Grey McCoy, CB: Frey and McCoy are draft choices. Wilhite has been a disappointment thus far. He’s experienced, but it hasn’t shown. Guess here is that Frey sticks while Wilhite is shown the door. McCoy could land on the practice squad.

Jeremy Jones vs. Anthony Walters vs. Cornelius Brown, S: Walters played briefly on specials last season before getting hurt. He has a solid chance. Jones could be a candidate for the practice squad. He’s had limited reps, but was thought of highly as a priority free agent. Brown is a journeyman type who will likely be moving on.

Ryan Quigley vs. unknown: Bears continue to shuffle in veteran punters, just in case. Quigley kicked well and a good performance Thursday could secure him a spot for a few weeks and be a nice addition to his resume after Adam Podlesh returns.

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