Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery didn’t let the final roster cutdown to 53 over the weekend stop him from continuing to make apparent upgrades to the Bears roster. He added rookie DE David Bass from Oakland on Sunday and today traded for Cowboys reserve TE Dante Rosario.
The Bears gave up a what is believed to be a seventh-round draft choice in the 2014 draft. Rosario is known as a good receiver with hybrid/h-back capabilities, so he gives the Bears another receiving option behind starter Martellus Bennett and flexibility to head coach Marc Trestman’s playbook.
Rosario has appeared in 91 contests with 26 starts over six seasons with Carolina (2007-10), Miami(2011), Denver (2011) and San Diego (2012) after entering the NFL as a fifth round (155th overall) selection of the Panthers in the 2007 NFL Draft. The 6-3, 242-pound Rosario has grabbed 99 receptions for 1,106 yards (11.2 ypr) and eight touchdowns during his NFL career and added 23 tackles and three opponent fumble recoveries on special teams.
To make room for Rosario, the Bears released veteran TE Kyle Adams. Adams appeared in 23 games with two starts over two seasons (2011-12) with the Bears recording four receptions for 40 yards with one special teams tackle.
As for the rookie DE Bass, he’s a player from a small school (Missouri Western) who demonstrated a quick first step, long arms/wingspan, and an ability to make plays. He held his own in the Shrine game last winter and collected three tackles when the Bears played Oakland in week three of the preseason.
Bass was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (233rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Missouri Western State. Collegiately, Bass set a school record with 40.5 career sacks after starting 50 consecutive contests. He earned All-American honors as a junior and senior and was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, presented to the top lineman in the Division II, in his senior campaign.
The Bears also filled out their eight man practice squad Monday with the addition of OT Jamaal Jackson-Webb, a rookie undrafted free agent from Alabama A&M. He was in camp with Arizona. The other practice squad players are: QB Jerrod Johnson, RB Harvey Unga, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Fendi Onobun, DE Aston Whiteside, CB Demontre Hurst, and LB Jerry Franklin.
Paw Prints: The Bears resumed practice Monday for the opener against the Bengals next Sunday at Soldier Field. WR Brandon Marshall returned to practice and pronounced himself ready for the opener. The team also received good news in that OT Jonathan Scott, LB D. J. Williams, DT Henry Melton, and WR Earl Bennett were on the field practicing, and good all possibly see action against Cincinnati… Besides J’Marcus Webb getting claimed by Minnesota, the Jaguars claimed LB J.T.Thomas off waivers….What’s in a number? Traditionally, final roster cuts change several players numbers from what they wore in camp. Look for these numbers now on certain Bears: LB Khaseem Greene 59, DE Cornelius Washington 94, DT Zach Minter 76, DE David Bass 91.