Some minor roster-related housekeeping to start 2019:
#Bears roster update:
We have signed QB Tyler Bray to the practice squad and have released OL Willie Beavers from the practice squad.
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) January 1, 2019
The Chicago Bears announced they have re-signed quarterback Tyler Bray to their practice squad. In order to make room for Bray, the team released offensive lineman Willie Beavers.
Bray spent two weeks as Chase Daniel’s backup after Mitch Trubisky went down with a shoulder injury and remained on the roster as the third-string quarterback after QB1 returned to the lineup. The Bears waived Bray last Saturday in order to make room for right guard Kyle Long’s return from injured reserve.
Long’s injury ultimately paved the way for Beavers’ arrival. When the team put Long on IR, they promoted running back Taquan Mizzell Sr. from the practice squad, then signed Beavers to take Mizzell’s place. Beavers was a fourth-round pick by the Vikings in 2016 and spent some time with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots since leaving Minnesota.
Bray didn’t throw a pass during his five-game appearance on the 53-man roster. Not that it was unexpected. Remember, Bray followed Head Coach Matt Nagy and signed as a free agent last offseason to be part of the quarterbacking think tank to help Trubisky grow as a second-year starter. So it should come as no surprise the Bears would bring him back into the mix as soon as they could possibly do so.
After releasing Beavers into free agency, the Bears’ practice squad stands at 10 players.