Bears: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
8/30/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

View the Bears' official list of cuts and their 53-man roster here.

Biggest surprise: The Bears gave up on defensive end Dan Bazuin pretty quickly. Bazuin was a second-round draft choice in 2007 but missed the season after suffering a knee injury during rookie mini-camp. He told the Chicago Sun-Times that he wasn't 100 percent during training camp, but nevertheless the Bears aren't willing to give him any more time to develop. Linebacker Mike Okwo, a third-round pick last season, also ran out of time to prove himself. The receiver-thin Bears also cut two wideouts who have been productive this summer: Mike Hass and Brandon Rideau.

No-brainers: Quarterback Caleb Hanie was one of the Bears' few offensive bright spots this preseason. The original plan was to save a roster spot and enter the season with Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman as the only quarterbacks on the active roster. In that scenario, the Bears would have a third quarterback on the practice squad. But Hanie's performance opened enough eyes that he probably wouldn't have made it through waivers. Rather than risk losing him, the Bears kept him on the 53-man roster.

What's next: It's still not out of the question that the Bears could seek additional depth at quarterback. Hanie might be easier to get through waivers after the first cycle of claims happen. Otherwise, this is pretty much the team that Bears will take into the season.

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