Bubble players ponder their futures

September, 2, 2011
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CHICAGO -- The Bears are expected to begin trimming down the roster on Friday morning, which could lead to a stressful 24 hours for those players on the bubble. Here's some reaction from a few bubble players who spoke in the postgame locker room following the Bears 24-14 victory over Cleveland to close the preseason.

Safety Winston Venable: "I think I could have done a little better on special teams [Thursday night], there were a few opportunities I missed, but overall, I put in one-hundred percent effort and deep down that's all I can ask for. I tried my best, so whatever happens, happens. It (camp) was difficult, there was a big learning curve, especially with the defense. But I slowly progressed learning the defense, but understood special teams is the mark I have to make, so I just wanted to focus on that especially. I think I did well. I think it's all up in the air right now. The coaches will do some more evaluating and make some decisions here soon."

Defensive end Mario Addison: "I think the coaches are looking for if you can make it through the whole game, and I did, thank goodness. This is a veteran team, so I told myself, I got to do something to show the coaches I'm worthy of playing on this team. I have some speed, so I try and use that to my advantage. That's what I hope the coaches noticed, I wanted to open some eyes with my speed. But I'm not going to lie, I'm nervous. I've never been this nervous in my whole life."

Running back Robert Hughes: "I don't look at that [final cuts]. Those are things I can't control. I was taught that you don't worry about things you can't control and just go forth with everything that has happened and work hard. That's the thing that's going to win out in the end."

Receiver Dane Sanzenbacher: "The coaches gave me every chance in the world to make this team, so whatever happens, happens."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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