The Bears have signed seven of their nine selections from this year's draft and 10 more undrafted free agents, the team announced Monday.
The Bears announced that offensive lineman Cody Whitehair, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, defensive back Deon Bush, defensive back Deiondre’ Hall, running back Jordan Howard, defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson and wide receiver Daniel Braverman all signed Monday, leaving just first-round pick Leonard Floyd (linebacker) and third-round pick Jonathan Bullard (defensive tackle) unsigned.
In addition to the seven draft picks, the Bears announced the signings of the following 10 undrafted free agents:
— Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard
— Dan Buchholz, OL, Duquesne
— Taveze Calhoun, DB, Mississippi State
— Don Cherry, LB, Villanova
— Derek Keaton, WR, Georgia Southern
— John Kling, OL, Buffalo
— Darrin Peterson, WR, Liberty
— Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State
— Roy Robertson-Harris, LB, UTEP
— Joseph Sommers, TE, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
The signings bring the Bears' roster to 90 players.
The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.
It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.
Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.
Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.
Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.
On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.
Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.
Take a look over the NFC landscape and try to find me a team that can compete with the Rams.
Packers? Held back by Rodgers' knee and Rodgers' coach. Saints? Might not even win their own division. Washington? Does Alex Smith really scare anyone in the playoffs?
The Rams have one of the easier paths to the Championship Round/Super Bowl that we've seen in some time. Will it likely stay that way? Probably not. But there's a difference between parity and mediocrity and right now the NFC is toeing the line HARD.
Outside the NFC's "elite", how did your team do this week?
You can take a look here and see where they landed.