The Chicago Bears have cleared a spot on their practice squad:
#Bears roster update:
We have released DB Jonathon Mincy from the practice squad.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) September 25, 2018
Jonathon Mincy, you might recall, made seven tackles (and even came away with a quarterback sack) during the preseason action, but was ultimately signed to the practice squad at the outset of the year. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, the Bears announced his release.
Releasing Mincy leaves the Bears’ practice squad roster with nine players, including undrafted free agent rookie Michael Joseph as the only cornerback. What this means for the big picture is still unclear, but it’s notable that there’s been movement in the secondary just after Marcus Cooper Sr. and Prince Amukamara were dealing with hamstring injuries (plus the team just invited free agent Sterling Moore for a workout).
In any case, Mincy played the last two seasons for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, racking up 108 tackles and three interceptions in two seasons, which culminated in being named to the Eastern Division All-Star team. The Alouettes released Mincy last December, which allowed him to sign a reserve/future contract with the Bears during the offseason. Now, he’ll be on the move again.
So what will the Bears do with the extra spot on the squad? I’m glad you asked!
It’s not often that a seven-time All-American and four-time national champion show up to try out for the Chicago Bears, but that’s what went down today.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweets that the Bears brought in three receivers for tryouts on Tuesday at Halas Hall. The most notable long-shot might be Cyril Grayson, who’s more known for his track-and-field excellence than football prowess.
Grayson was a track standout at LSU, where he was a seven-time All-American and four-time NCAA champion. That’s the kind of winning pedigree you dream of translating to the field of any athletic competition. I suppose adding Grayson – who starred in the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 800-meter runs – to the mix could help boost the Bears’ speed. Or they could just be testing the waters and trying to leave no stone left un-turned when seeking out talent.
Carlos Henderson might be the most accomplished football player to come in for a tryout. The Denver Broncos drafted Henderson in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft after he broke out in a big way as a junior at Louisiana Tech. Henderson was Conference USA’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, hauling in 82 catches for 1,535 yards, and 19 touchdowns. Big numbers and a nose for the end zone? Looks good to me. Henderson also earned the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year award, picking up 805 kick return yards and two return touchdowns. So why is he on the open market? Another great question. You’re so smart.
Henderson reported late to training camp and was put on the “did not report list” to open up his 2018 season, then he was handed a one-game suspension in August for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Denver placed Henderson on the practice squad on September 2, but released him 11 days later.
Reggie Davis was the third tryout participant at Halas Hall on Tuesday. Davis played his college ball at Georgia, signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and has since spent time on the practice squads of the Falcons and Eagles, to go along with a 19-day stint with the Browns’ active roster.
If you’re wondering what the deal is with these guys in particular, remember: Anthony Miller left Sunday’s game early with a dislocated left shoulder, so it makes sense that the Bears are trying out a trio of receivers. Of course, the Bears have other internal options. Rookie Javon Wims, for example, hasn’t made it to the game-day 46-man roster yet, while Kevin White has been limited to just 26 offensive snaps, and even Tanner Gentry is still hanging out on the practice squad as the lone receiver.
But while there’s a lot to like about the Bears’ group of depth-receivers on the surface, there is always room for improvement.