Bears Training Camp Roster

The Bears roster now stands at 90 players after a few key drafts and a few necessary cuts. With about 20 tryout players set to take part in preseason workouts and minicamps, Coach Lovie Smith will have this roster whittled down a bit before July's mandatory team practices begin.

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Kyle Adams | Tight End n
nAdams joined the Bears in 2011 after an impressive career at Purdue University. After he finishes the off-season workouts and minicamps, Adams will be in Haiti for several weeks, helping to build an orphanage.
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Kahlil Bell | Running Back n
n2012 marks Bell's 4th season with the Bears. In his first ever career game in 2009, Bell ran for 72 yards on his first carry - the longest ever run by a Bears rookie.
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Earl Bennett | Wide Receiver n
nBennett was drafted by the Bears in 2008 straight out of his junior season at Vanderbilt. He recently received an impressive award for contributions to his team and the community alongside five other Chicago athletes.
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Lance Briggs | Linebacker n
nBriggs is returning for his 10th season with the Bears in 2012. One of Briggs' biggest accomplishments is being just the fourth player in NFL history to be invited to six straight Pro Bowls.
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Michael Bush | Running Back n
nBush joined the Bears in 2012 after playing for the Oakland Raiders for his first five seasons in the NFL. He is coming to the Bears after his best season yet in 2011 where he crushed several personal records.
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Jason Campbell | Quarterback n
nCampbell signed a one-year contract to join the Bears in 2012. He will be used as a back-up Quarterback for QB Jay Cutler. Campbell says he is fine with his role as back-up, because "every good team needs two good quarterbacks."
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Gabe Carimi | Offensive Tackle n
nCarimi joined the Bears as a right tackle in 2011, but missed most of his rookie season due to an early knee injury. During his time at the University of Wisconsin Carimi won an Outland Trophy award and was chosen twice to be an All-American.
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Chris Conte | Safety n
nConte played so well as safety during his 2011 rookie season with the Bears, that he was recently named as part of the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America 2011 All-Rookie Team.
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Blake Costanzo | Linebacker & Special Teams n
nCostanzo joined the Bears in 2012 after making a name for himself in the NFL as an excellent special teams player. Bears GM Phil Emery called him "[one] of the most dynamic special teams players in the league."
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Jay Cutler | Quarterback n
nQB Cutler has broken several franchise records during his time with the Bears. In February, ESPN's Trent Dilfer praised the way Cutler "carried the Bears' offense," and added that his leadership could potentially lead his team to the Super Bowl.
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Chauncey Davis | Defensive End n
nDavis replaced ex-Bear Nick Reed in 2011 as Defensive End. He played well his first season with the Bears, with eight tackles, one assist, and one sack in three games, but he may have competition for a roster spot this year from other DE Corey Wootton.
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Kellen Davis | Tight End n
nDavis re-signed with the Bears for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2011, Davis proved to be an impressive offensive player, leading the team with five touchdown receptions, despite mostly being used to block instead of receive.
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Nathan Enderle | Quarterback n
nEnderle was a fifth-round draft pick for the Bears in 2011. He left the University of Idaho as the school's all time leader in attempts, and ranking second-place in the school for completions.
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Matt Forte | Running Back n
nThe Bears put a franchise tag on free agent Forte in March, to ensure his continued spot on the team. He has been signed with the Bears since 2008. In 2011, Forte became the first Bears running back in 20 years to be selected for the Pro Bowl.
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Roberto Garza | Offensive Guard/ Center n
nGarza was acquired by the Bears in 2005 as an offensive guard, but he replaced long time center Olin Kreutz in 2011. In February, he received a special award, largely because of how well he filled the hole left by Kreutz's departure.
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Robbie Gould | Kicker n
nGould is the most accurate kicker in Bears history and the all-time fifth most accurate kicker in the NFL. His remarkable laundry list of accomplishments includes being the first Bears kicker to ever be invited to the Pro Bowl, among much, much more.
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Kelvin Hayden | Cornerback n
nNative Chicagoan Hayden says joining the Bears this season is "kind of a dream come true." He hails from the Colts where he played against the Bears in the Superbowl XLI, making an interception/touchdown that helped lead the Colts to a win.
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Geno Hayes | Linebacker n
nHayes is adding some much needed youth to the Bears' defensive line this season, and is gaining experience from veteran linebackers Urlacher and Briggs. He excitedly tweeted about working with the two older players one morning in April.
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Ricky Henry | Offensive Guard n
nThe Bears picked Henry up in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. During his college career Henry started in 28 games for the Big Red after transferring to Nebraska after his sophomore season, and earned first team All-Big 12 honors in 2010.
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Devin Hester | Wide Receiver n
nHester is the NFL's all-time leader in kick return touchdowns with 17 total. Despite new WR additions, Hester will remain an important part of Bears offense according to GM Phil Emery.
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Israel Idonije | Defensive End n
nIn his 118 games with the Bears, Idonije has 222 tackles, 21 sacks and five forced fumbles. On top of his on-the-field accomplishments, Idonije was also recently honored for the philanthropic work he does around Chicago.
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Tim Jennings | Cornerback n
nJennings re-signed with the Bears in 2012 to stay in Chicago for another two years. His first two years he started 28 out of 32 games and made 153 total tackles. He told ChicagoBears.com, "I think Chicago's the best fit for me."
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Johnny Knox | Wide Receiver n
nA bad back injury late in the 2011 season could put Knox out of some or all of 2012's games. He is staying optimistic though, and working on rehabilitation with the help of friend and teammate Devin Hester.
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Patrick Mannelly | Long Snapper n
nMannelly has been with Chicago since 1998, and holds the franchise record for most career games played. A ruptured ACL put him out for the end of the 2011 season, but he will be back in full force for 2012.
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Brandon Marshall | Wide Receiver n
nIn a buzzworthy deal, Marshall signed with Chicago in 2012, joining former Broncos teammate QB Jay Cutler. The duo was unstoppable in Denver, and both are excited to be working with each other again.
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John McCargo | Defensive Tackle n
nThe Bears added McCargo in May with a one-year contract. A former first-round draft pick, his best season was with Buffalo in 2007, when he had 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
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Josh McCown | Quarterback n
nMcCown took over as starting QB after Jay Cutler's injury in 2011. In three games with two starts he racked up a 68.3 passer rating, and led the Bears to two victories and one loss. He joins Jason Campbell as back up quarterback in 2012.
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Henry Melton | Defensive Line n
nMelton has been with the Bears for three good years. He recently joined teammate Roberto Garza in being selected to USA Today's "All-Joe" team for unsung NFL players.
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Julius Peppers | Defensive End n
nThe six-time Pro Bowler is signed with Chicago through 2015. One of his most impressive accomplishments, though there are many to choose from, is that he has led all defensive lineman in interceptions since joining the NFL.
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Adam Podlesh | Punter n
nNot only is Podlesh a great Punter, setting the Bears' record with a 40.4-yard net average in 2011, but he is also a cancer survivor. He recently visited a Chicago-area school to help raise money for cancer research.
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Nick Roach | Linebacker n
nRoach made 61 tackles in 15 games in the 2011 season. He recently won the Brian Piccolo Award with fellow Bear Stephen Paea, for his work ethic and selflessness while playing what can be a "thankless" position, according to coach Bob Babich.
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Dane Sanzenbacher | Wide Receiver n
nThe 2012 season will be Sanzenbacher's second with the Bears. During his time at Ohio State he accumulated enough receiving yards to rank as the top 10th in receiving yards in school history.
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Matt Spaeth | Tight End
Spaeth signed with Chicago in 2011 after four years with the Steelers. With a frame of 6'7 and about 270 pounds, he is well suited for pass protection. During his time with the Steelers he posted 36 interceptions.
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Chris Spencer | Offensive Guard/ Center n
Spencer was the 26th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft when he was drafted by Seattle. The University of Mississippi product is no stranger to the starting spotlight, as Spencer has started in 73 games over five years for the Seahawks.
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Craig Steltz | Safety n
nSteltz recently signed a 2-year deal to stay with the Bears through 2013. The safety started the final five games of the 2011, recording 37 tackles in those games alone. He's "extremely excited" to be staying in Chicago.
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Devin Thomas | Wide Receiver
nIn his fourth contract in five years, including one with the Giants that ended with a Super Bowl win, Thomas joined the Bears in 2012. The special teams player said of joining the Bears, "I know I'm joining an organization that's legendary."
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J.T. Thomas | Linebacker n
nThomas had to sit out of his entire first year with the Bears due to hamstring and back injuries. Even so, he made an impact off the field, starting the J.T. Thomas Foundation, and taking one lucky child to the Super Bowl.
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Matt Toeaina | Defensive Tackle n
nThe Bears snatched Toeaina off of the Bengals' practice squad in 2007, and he reciprocated by recording 2 TFLs in his first NFL game ever. He is signed through 2013.
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Brian Urlacher | Linebacker n
nWidely regarded as one of the best LBs in the NFL, Urlacher has made over 1,556 career tackles which is a franchise record. His career high in tackles was 214 in 2002, but he's made at least 100 in ten out of eleven NFL seasons.
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Anthony Walters | Safety n
nWalters is a 2nd year Bear. During his four years with the University of Delaware Walters made 258 total tackles. He also registered 31 pass breakups, which puts him in second place in the school's rankings for the stat.
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J'Marcus Webb | Offensive Tackle n
nWebb has been a strong lineman since his rookie year. Though Webb has been the subject of criticism for letting QB Jay Cutler get sacked 23 times in 2011, this season he says he's focused on protecting Jay.
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Eric Weems | Wide Receiver/ Kick Returner n
nWeems is well-known for his abilities in special teams, with 41 special teams tackles and 113 kickoff returns during his time with the Falcons. He is excited to be joining noted Bears special-teamer Devin Hester.
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Jonathan Wilhite | Cornerback n
nWilhite was picked up by the Bears as a free agent in April. During his five years with Denver and New England he has accrued four interceptions and two sacks.
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Harvey Unga | Running Back n
Though Unga played well during his time at BYU, making the final roster for the Bears may not be easy since he must compete with Matt Forte, Michael Bush and Kahlil Bell for a spot.
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Charles Tillman | Cornerback n
nTillman has had 27 interceptions with the Bears, which puts him at number one in Bears history for the stat. Recent addition Brandon Marshall is excited to be practicing with Tillman, because, according to Marshall, "he keeps me on my toes."
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D.J. Moore | Cornerback n
nMoore, primarily a nickelback, has made over 44 tackles and 4 interceptions during his time with the Bears. He recently said the best part about being a Bear is the fans. "When you show the fans love, they show you love back."
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Stephen Paea | Defensive Tackle n
nPaea made an impression during his rookie year, winning the Brian Piccolo award for playing well and taking responsibility for mistakes. In his second play in the NFL he sacked Donovan McNabb in the endzone for a safety.
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Chris Williams | Offensive Guard/ Offensive Tackle n
nWilliams suffered a season-ending injury to his wrist in the middle of the 2011 season. The Chicago Tribune reports that he may be moving back to left tackle for 2012, instead of where he's been playing at left guard.
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Edwin Williams | Offensive Guard/ Center n
nWilliams has spent his two NFL seasons with the Redskins and the Bears. He started for the Bears at the end of the 2011 season when Chris Williams was out with an injury, and proved a big help to the offensive line.
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Corey Wootton | Defensive End n
nWootton entered the Bears in 2010, but has only appeared in six games due to a knee injury in 2011. So far he has registered 6 tackles and 1 sack with the Bears.
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Major Wright | Safety n
nWright's two years with the Bears have been fraught with injury. Though he missed the first few weeks of his rookie year, he bounced back with 31 tackles in 11 games. His 2011 season was also filled with injury which left the safety position disorganized.
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Armando Allen | Running Back n
nAllen joined the Bears in 2011 after spending the preseason with Tampa Bay. Allen was drafted by Tampa Bay after a successful four years at Notre Dame.
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Tyler Clutts | Fullback n
nThe Bears signed Clutts in 2011, after he made an impression on coaches while spending preseason with the Browns. He's also played for the UFL, the Arena Football League, and the Canadian Football League.
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Dom DeCicco | Linebacker n
nDeCicco made 17 special-teams tackles during his rookie 2011 season. He is gaining experience this off-season by replacing an injured Urlacher in practices. "It's really invaluable just being out their with the veteran guys," he said of Briggs and Roach.
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Lance Louis | Offensive Guard n
nAfter a play-less rookie season in 2010, Louis saw action in all 16 games of the 2011 season. In one notable play during a game against the Raiders, Louis stopped a 77-yard interception return, preventing the other team from a touchdown.
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Jordan Miller | Defensive Tackle n
nMiller joined the Bears in 2011, and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was brought onto the field when the team lost Matt Forte at the end of the season to an MCL injury.
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Chilo Rachal | Offensive Guard n
nRachal hails from San Francisco, where he spent four years on the offensive line. He will bring some veteran experience to the offensive line in 2012.
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Isaiah Frey | Cornerback n
nFrey is a sixth-round draft pick from Nevada. During his time in college he made 141 tackles and seven interceptions. Five of the interceptions were just during his senior year, when he was also voted first-team all-WAC.
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A.J. Greene | Offensive Tackle n
nThe Bears signed Greene this year, after his impressive run at Auburn. Despite teammates and coaches pushing Greene towards the NFL, as recently as March, he said that he would rather be a musician.
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Brandon Hardin | Safety n
nHardin's senior football season at Oregon State was cut short because of a broken shoulder, but in his junior season he made 63 tackles - fourth most on the team. He will be a safety for the Bears despite playing as a cornerback in college.
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Alshon Jeffery | Wide Receiver n
nJeffery was the first draft pick to sign with the Bears in 2012. GM Phil Emery said of the impressive WR, "We feel that Alshon has the best hands in the draft...He is dynamic with the ball in his hands."
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Shea McClellin | Defensive End n
nThe Bears nabbed McClellin in the first round and signed him for four years. At Boise State he registered 130 career tackles. Coach Lovie Smith will keep him at defensive end to put pressure on the quarterback.
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Greg McCoy | Cornerback n
nMcCoy spent his time at Texas Christian making 92 tackles, seven interceptions and 17 pass break ups. In his senior year he made two over-90-yard kick returns, scoring on both.
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Evan Rodriguez | Tight End n
nDespite excelling as a fullback for the Temple Owls, Rodriguez will play tight end for Chicago. 35 receptions for 479 yards his senior year put him at the top of his team in 2011.
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Matt Blanchard | Quarterback n
nBlanchard joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He was a QB for Wisconsin where he threw 44 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. Blanchard will get a chance to show he's up to snuff at Coach Lovie Smith's minicamps.
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Brittan Golden | Wide Receiver (82)
nGolden, an undrafted free agent from West Texas A&M joins the Bears with some impressive college numbers. He ranked second in the school's history for receiving yards, and fifth in total receptions.
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Terriun Crump | Wide Receiver n
nCrump, a Bears undrafted free agent wide receiver, is an Illinois native. He went to Western Illinois where he became the third player in the school's history to make a catch in 25 consecutive games.
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Cheta Ozougwu | Defensive End n
nIn Ozougwu's first NFL year as a Texans linebacker he didn't make it onto the field for any games. His time spent in the off-season workouts will determine if he makes it onto the Bears roster this year.
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Thaddeus Gibson | Defensive End n
nGibson was elevated from the Bears practice squad in 2011 to play on the active roster in special teams. Bears GM Jerry Angelo said at the time that he, Armando Allen, and Max Komar "have value on special teams."
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Alvester Alexander | Running Back n
nDuring Alexander's three years as a Wyoming running back he made 27 total rushing touch downs, which ranked him third for that stat in the school's history.
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Adrien Cole | Linebacker n
nCole went to school at Louisiana Tech, where he not only led his team with 128 tackles his senior year, but was also selected for All-Louisiana and first team All-WAC.
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Joseph Anderson | Wide Receiver n
nAnderson, a Chicago Bears tryout wide receiver, did so well in his first minicamp that he ended up with a three-year deal with the Bears. He told reporters “They liked the way I ran routes, came in and out of breaks and how I caught the ball.”
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Patrick Trahan | Linebacker n
nThe Bears linebacker was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in November of the 2011 season. He caught the Bears attention during his time at Ole Miss with 98 tackles and 7 sacks in two seasons.
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Donovan Warren | Cornerback n
nThe Bears signed Warren in 2012 after he spent time on the practice teams of the Jets, Steelers, and Lions in 2011. After making the deal he <A href=https://twitter.com/#!/DWarren2excitedly tweeted, "Signed that contract it's official! But I ain't satisfied ever... Time to go to work!"
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Jabara Williams | Linebacker n
nWIlliams was signed by the Bears in 2011 off waivers from St. Louis. In his college career at Stephen F. Austin in Texas he made 411 tackles and 7 sacks, and was named third-team All-American as a senior.
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Ronnie Thornton | Linebacker n
nThe Southern Miss linebacker led his team in tackles his senior year with 111. In all four years he'd registered 290 tackles with four sacks.
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David Teggart | Kicker n
nTeggart was one of seven free agents to be signed to the Bears after the rookie minicamp in May. He said he impressed with his field goals despite Chicago's infamous wind. "They don't call it the Windy City for nothing," he said.
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Ryan Quigley | Kicker n
nBoston College punter Quigley was another of the seven rookies who impressed enough during minicamp that Coach Lovie Smith signed him on. During his senior year he ranked fourth in the nation for punts inside the 20-yard line with 28.
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DeMario Pressley | Defensive Tackle n
nPressley has gotten around the NFL, playing with the Saints, Colts, Broncos, and Panthers before joining the Bears this offseason. He saw action in seven games of the Saints 2009 Super Bowl season.
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Trevor Coston | Safety n
nCoston joined the Bears undrafted in April, but was signed to a deal a day later. In a recent interview with
the Bleacher Report he says his favorite part of football is that "you need other teammates to be on the same page to complete that one goal."
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Mansfield Wrotto | Offensive Guard n
nWrotto was signed by the Bears in 2011 to fill a hole made by Forte's injury. He was drafted by the Seahawks in 2007 and signed to the Bills in 2010. He played 27 games with the teams including 12 starts.
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Brandon Venson | Tight End n
nDuring Venson's senior year at Illinois State, he and his offensive linemen teammates only allowed six sacks, ranking them third in the nation. He is one of the seven rookies to be signed with the Bears after impressing at the rookies minicamp.
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Nick Pieschel | Offensive Guard n
nPieschel hails from sunny Florida where he went to the University of Central Florida. In his senior year he made it onto the All-C-USA Second Team as well as Phil Steele's All-C-USA Second team.
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Jeremy Jones | Safety n
nDuring Jones' senior year at Wayne State University he intercepted 9 passes, and put WSU on the map by helping the team make it to the Division II Championship. Bleacher Report calls him a "big time playmaker for a small school."
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James Brown | Offensive Guard/ Offensive Tackle n
nThe Bears picked up Brown as an undrafted Free Agent after the 2012 draft. The offensive lineman from Troy excelled at left tackle in college, and is known for using raw athleticism over perfect technique.
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Nate Collins | Defensive Tackle n
nCollins entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in 2010, but has spent the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He started 13 games for the Jaguars. He signed a one-year contract with the Bears in 2012.
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Ronnie Cameron | Defensive Tackle n
nDuring Cameron's senior season with Old Dominion he was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Defensive Player and Student Athlete of the Year. In an interview with Bleacher Report he said he felt "sheer joy" when playing football.
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Tyler Hendrickson | Offensive Tackle n
nHendrickson earned several accolades during his 2011 season at Concordia, including D2Football.com Preseason All-American First Team and many others. At 6'8 and 330 pounds, he's already Bear-sized.
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Draylen Ross | Tight End n
nRoss joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent last season in 2011. A Texas native, he went to school at North Texas where he played both offensively and defensively.
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Chris Summers | Wide Receiver n
nThe Bears picked up Summers this year as an undrafted free agent. Summers registered 1,014 yards his senior year at Liberty, and is the school's all time leader in receptions with 188.
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