The Chicago Bears trimmed the roster to 80 players today, waiving LB Tanner Antle, DT Tank Tyler, C J.C. Brignone, QB Trevor Vittatoe and DE Vernon Gholston.
Antle and Vittatoe were nothing more than camp bodies and neither ever had a real shot at making the roster. Tyler flashed early in camp but faded out the past few weeks. He didn't show well in the games either. Brignone played well the first week of camp but the line of players ahead of him was just too much to overcome.
Gholston is a former first-round draft pick of the N.Y. Jets. After failing in a 3-4 defense, Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli felt a switch to Chicago's 4-3 might be just what the former-Ohio State standout needed.
Yet Gholston didn't perform well in practice and was non-existent in the games. He just doesn't have the quickness and hand strength to free himself from opposing blockers. Some team may be willing to give him one more shot but it's doubtful he'll ever be the impact player many thought he would be coming out of college.
Yet the biggest news of the day revolves around running back Chester Taylor. Taylor was told by running backs coach Tim Spencer before Saturday's Tennessee Titans game that he would not be getting any reps. Spencer was true to his word and Taylor never saw the field.
Today, sources say the team has told Taylor they plan to move forward without him. He was not on the official cut list though, so it looks like the front office is holding out hope they can trade him before final cuts this Saturday.
The 31-year-old was paid nearly $7 million last season, making him one of the most-overpaid free agent busts in GM Jerry Angelo's tenure with the team.
This news also means the calf injury backup RB Marion Barber suffered in Saturday's game is not likely a serious one. Barber will serve as the backup to starter Matt Forte, as well as serve as the goal-line back.
The Bears must cut the roster to 53 players by this Saturday.
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