Meet the Chicago Bears 2019 practice squad
QB Tyler Bray
Bray had a better-than-expected preseason and his continued presence in the Bears' QB room will be an asset to Mitch Trubisky and the entire Bears offense. Bray could eventually play himself into a backup role in 2020 and beyond.
RB Ryan Nall
Nall enjoyed another strong preseason with the Bears and will return to the practice squad, where he spent all of 2018. He'll be the first man called up if there's an injury at running back. Nall lost the summer camp battle against sixth-round pick Kerrith Whyte, Jr., but he's still a developing power back who has some long-term upside in Chicago.
WR Thomas Ives
The former Colgate standout was the Bears' third-highest graded player on offense this preseason, per Pro Football Focus. He finished the summer with nine catches for 148 yards, including five catches for 99 yards against the Titans.
TE Jesper Horsted
A former Princeton wide receiver, Horsted just got better and better week after week in the preseason. He finished the summer with eight catches for 121 yards and showed the kind of body control and soft hands that helped him set school records in receptions and receiving TD in college.
OL Alex Bars
Bears Twitter was burning to the ground upon learning Bars didn't make the final roster, but the former Notre Dame standout made his way back via the practice squad. Bars is a strong candidate to be called up to the active roster midseason as a jack-of-all-trades reserve lineman.
OL Sam Mustipher
Another former standout for the Fighting Irish, Mustipher joins Alex Bars on the practice squad and will be given an opportunity to continue his development under Harry Hiestand. Mustipher played the second-most snaps (215) of any player on offense this preseason.
DL Jonathan Harris
Harris, a small-school defensive lineman from Lindenwood, has the potential to develop into a sound rotational defensive lineman once he adjusts to the speed and power of the NFL game.
OLB James Vaughters
Vaughters was arguably the Bears' most productive player on defense during the preseason with a team-best three sacks and an impressive 90.3 grade from Pro Football Focus. Now 26 years old, he's bounced around the league since 2015 spending time with the Packers, Patriots and Chargers.
CB Stephen Denmark
Denmark was the Bears' seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft and simply hasn't been healthy enough to show coaches what he's capable of doing for this defense. His rare size (6-3, 220) for a defensive back, combined with his exciting athletic ability, warrants a developmental spot in Chicago.
CB Michael Joseph
Joseph returns for his second season on the Bears' practice squad. The former Dubuque star is showing signs of development as a pro corner and is another player to monitor as the season progresses. If the Bears suffer an injury in the secondary, Joseph will be the guy who's called up.