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Bears make practice squad moves; Ex-Bears on the tryout circuit

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The Bears made it official today by signing cornerback DeAngelo Smith to the practice squad a week after he was released.

They cut defensive end Joe Clermond to make room for him. The Bears are now carrying two cornerbacks on the practice squad in Smith and Woodny Turenne.


Elsewhere on the tryout circuit, a league source said that ex-Bears safety Todd Johnson had a tryout with the Detroit Lions. Linebacker Kevin Malast, who was with the Bears during camp and preseason, had a workout in Houston. Wide receiver Brandon Rideau had a workout with the Cleveland Browns. Wide receiver Derek Kinder, a seventh-round pick this year, also had a workout with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Uh oh --

A Rideau sighting!

Funny, I thought this all-world receiver would have signed by now.

A mere workout?

What are all these GMs thinking!

Rideau? The Browns really lucked out. They easily have themselves a top 10 reciever now. I don't know how Amgelo let this kid go.

Brad, any news on Mike Hass and David Ball?

Cry-ton, it's a bye week so goodbye, you moronic, fairweather fan!

Yes, yes that's nice for them (the former Bears). Hope they find some work and I wish them luck. But not too much luck.

Brad, I see there's Craptree contract news on the side. I honestly hope the Niners and the Samurai let this idiot go through with his plan to re-enter next year's draft. The league doesn't need more garbage like that, and the Niners certainly don't need him with the way they're looking. Don't sign Craptree, send a message to future draft picks.

I liked 7th rounder Derek Kinder when Angelo brought him in. The former Biletnikoff semifinalist has pretty good size and hands. But in the end, Bears GM Jerry Angelo has done a pretty good job drafting receivers over the last couple seasons with players like Hester [2nd in 06], Bennett [3rd in 08], and Knox [5th in 09]. Kinder simply wasn't needed with the talent Angelo has brought in ahead of him. Either was Rideau.

The release of defensive end Joe Clermond wasn't a major blow either. Chicago is looking pretty good at defensive end right now. Both starters Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye have looked way better than they did a year ago. If Chicago extends Ogunleye this upcoming off-season, Chicago is set at end for the next couple seasons. Chicago also already has some young prospects to develop, one being 4th rounder Henry Melton, and the other is 3rd rounder Jarron Gilbert. Angelo has a pretty good balance of players with starting experience in Brown and Ogunleye, and developmental guys in Melton and Gilbert at defensive end for Chicago right now.

Speaking of a former practice squad guy having an impact for Chicago right now. How about linebacker Nick Roach. Did you see his numbers from sunday, 10 tackles, 1 sack, and a pass breakup. Roach needs to remain the starter at middle linebacker. The guys all over the field making plays, I like the thought of him, Briggs, and Tinoisamoa [if he can remain healthy?] at linebacker for Chicago. If Tinoisamoa can't stay on the field, Jamar Williams isn't a bad option either. Bears GM Jerry Angelo knows his linebackers, and its showing this season in the depth at the position GO BEARS!!

And your comments are supposed to mean what? Beating up on guys who are trying to make it in the league, or the guys that are rooting for them? If Hester and Knox go down again for any extended period, we would've been lucky to have Rideau around.

MOMO, hey, it's called a joke. Lighten up. You sound like his royal dryness, Sir William R. Donald III.

Obviously you're upset about Rideau's departure but don't worry, I promise you the Bears will get another player to sit on their practice squad for a couple of years who may or may not impress against third stringers in the preseason. Then you can fawn over him just like you did with Rideau.

would people get over RIDEAU IF HE WAS SO GOOD DONT YOU THINK HE WOULD BE ON A ROSTER BY NOW! HE IS NOT T. OWENS OR R. WAYNE HE WAS NOT GOOD IN THE PRESEASON.WHY ARE PEOPLE SO HIGH ON HIM? THE SCOUTS CAN FIND A GUY LIKE KNOX IN A SMALL SCHOOL AND HE TURNS OUT TO BE OK AND YOU THINK THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SEE RIDEAU WITH THIS PROBOWL TALENT THAT YOU KEEP TAKING ABOUT? GET OVER IT !!!!! TOP TEN TALENT WHERE DO YOU GET THAT? DID HE START FOR SOME TEAM WHEN HE WAS ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD FOR 3YRS? NO!!!! ARE YOU SURE YOU SHOULD BE TALKING AT ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL IF THIS IS THE CRAP YOU ARE GOING TO SAY? OR MAYBE THIS DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH FOOTBALL. MAYBE THIS IS SOME SORT OF MAN CRUSH THAT YOU HAVE. WHICH IS FINE BUT MAYBE YOU NEED TO TELL THE WIFE OR GIRLFRIEND ABOUT THIS. IM SURE SHE WILL BE FINE WITH THE CRUSH YOU HAVE ON A PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYER AND THAT IS WHAT HE IS A PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYER. LET IT GO!!!!!

Hey Mike,

Yeah, I know, just had to make fun of Brad for bringing it up, right?

And that's your backup and future plans at WR? Or is that supposed to be a joke too? Anyway, good luck to ya.

Kevin Armstead,

You said...
"Chicago is looking pretty good at defensive end right now. Both starters Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye have looked way better than they did a year ago."

They are also getting pretty old. You have to have replacements ready to go when its time to pull the trigger on the oldsters. Are their backups ready to do this right now and going forward into next year? If not, you keep looking for their replacments whenever you can...otherwise, you use a draft pick that may not work out.

Same goes for other positions that are aging or weak...
Defensive end, defensive tackle, safety, cornerback, offensive left tackle, 3-down running backs (notice the plural) and yes...can we find another tall wide out that has 4.3 speed either now or anywhere in next years draft.

Hey mat,

Honestly no offense, but since you seem to be in complete agreement with whatever personnel moves the Bears make, why should you even care let alone seem extremely disgusted with (enough to make you forget your capslock) what other people write here. I mean, Rideau and the other guys the Bears cut is the topic here, right?

I personally thought a tall receiver with hands like Rideau was a player the Bears and especially a QB like Cutler could use well, you and the Bears and a lot of other guys here thought otherwise; what's the problem with that?

By Tripper on October 6, 2009 10:06 PM
Cry-ton, it's a bye week so goodbye, you moronic, fairweather fan!

Sorry Dip s### I am still here. Thats me a fairweather fan, thats why I post more than anyone else. Wait the Bears are winning and I am being critical of them, you know thats actually the opposite of fairweather fan. Fairweather fans jump on the bandwagon when the team is winning, like you do. Now that they are winning you are posting again. But when they are loosing you are not around.

Oh wait are you leaving for the week? Is that what you meant when you said goodbye? Well goodbaye fairweather fan.

Holly s### people are actually talking about Rideau. Is this a joke? Someone else on the board brought up Grossman today as well. WTF is wrong with some people? Let them go, they are no longer on the team. Find someone else to latch on to. I swear to god you would think some fans where talking about Montana and Rice.

Rideau could have a shot in Cleveland. They are similar to the Bears in the conditions they play in. The problem with Rideau and the Bears was that he lacks quickness in an out of his breaks. The Bears had better options at receiver.

Those traits could expose Rideau anywhere in the NFL but weather tends to reduce the value of speed and quickness on the football field. A team like Cleveland, playing outdoors in temperatures below freezing, can maybe use a big, strong, good blocking wide receiver who can run after the catch.

Well MOMO, Angelo did draft that Bennett guy last year and this year he picked up a guy called Knox and another player named Iglesias and they're all WRs. They're also fairly young and so is Hester. So there are your future players. You also have Aromashodu waiting in the wings as a backup.

Creighton, seeing you go off on people = funny.

Hey, Creighton, did Montana and Rice get cut by the Bears the way Rideau did? Surely it is legitimate to wonder how a former Bear will do after he is released.One thing I wonder about is how Cedric Benson , who was a total bust for the Bears, is suddenly helping Cicinnatti look like a solid contender.Aren't you curious about how he will perform against the Bears?

so i leave the caps on, does that take away from the point. I have no problem with someone who thinks that rideau might be able to help. But when people say he is a probowler or top 10 wr. they show they have no idea what there talking about. I will admit you seem to atleast know what your talking about. It just drives me crazy when people try and blame the GM when there player does not make the team. I think people should atleast have thier facts right about a player when they make a claim like "top 10 wr". But you are right that they could use some size at wr. But I would like atleast for them to go after or bring up to the team a player with size and speed. They had tall and slow last year and speed kills. But I do need to ask where are you getting the idea that rideau will be able to help. He had trouble getting seperation agianst 3rd string cornerbacks let alone number 1.

Hey Mike, now you're talking. I may have said this before, but I think diversity at WR will serve the Bears better than having the same type of guys on the roster, and the Bears are heavy on small-ish quick-ish guys and don't have enough size to balance it out, which I believe restricts play-calling and options for the QB. Of course, if these guys turn into dependable WRs that's great, but you can't ask a small guy to go up for jump balls, and you don't want big guys running smoke screens. I hope Aromashodu gets his shot soon, because as good as the passing game has been so far, I still think the Bears are missing out on some offensive production.

Those of you who don't ever want to read about Rideau again; skip!

Hey mat, no, capslock is fine; it just makes yours an angrier read. The "top 10 WR" comment is obviously a poke at guys like me who think a player like Rideau could help the Bears out in the passing game, not that anybody actually said he was a top 10 WR. I saw it differently; I thought Rideau had made enough plays over the course of two preseasons (4 TDs) to warrant the Bears wanting to keep him on the roster. In comparison, I didn't think Knox, Iglesias and R. Davis performed particularly well during preseason, and I think you will agree that Knox has exceeded a lot of expectations during the 1st 4 games, eventhough he is still very raw as a WR; he's a play-maker. Not to change the subject, when you think about K. Davis, for me it was just one play late in a preseason game in 2008, a leaping one-handed grab in the endzone, that convinced me that he was a guy that could make plays (despite that fact that it came against 3rd stringers), and I found it ridiculous that Ron Turner couldn't find a way to use him (despite his suspect blocking ability) in games last year. In the same way, in the preseason, I thought I saw play-making ability in Rideau. Last year we had Booker, who in my opinion doesn't play tall or big, and for some reason had trouble holding onto the ball on top of being injured half the season, but I don't think Rideau is similar to Booker (taller with long arms, can catch with his hands, more agile). Plus, this year we have Cutler who knows how to use, and has had success with a big WR, and of course this isn't to say that Rideau is another Brandon Marshall. Just one case in point, the final play of the 1st half during the Lions game, we had 5'9" R. Davis running down the field on a Hail Mary pass; it's just a Hail Mary pass and shouldn't merit too much emphasis, but doesn't it make you wonder if we're putting our best options out on the field? Anyway, the Bears have made their commitment to other guys, and it's all in the past now. Sorry for the long comment.

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