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Bears sign veteran DE Chauncey Davis; waive Nick Reed

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The Bears sure fell out of love with Nick Reed in a hurry. The Bears cut the second-year defensive end and signed veteran defensive end Chauncey Davis to a two-year contract Monday.

Davis, a fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons out of Florida State in 2005, had 10 sacks, two interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 96 games (25 starts) over six seasons with the Falcons.

Davis, 28, was released prior to the final preseason game in September. He reportedly worked out for the Lions on Friday.

Against the Saints last season at the Georgia Dome, Davis intercepted an ill-advised flip by a harried Drew Brees and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter. They lost 17-14.

It was a tough break for Reed. His ''high motor'' and relentless style earned him a surprise spot on the Bears' roster at the beginning of the season. But ever since he was on the field in place of Julius Peppers when Matthew Stafford threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson to spark the Lions' 24-13 victory over the Bears at Ford Field in Week 5, the Bears seemed to lose interest in him.

Reed was inactive the following week and played as a reserve in two games after that -- he had two tackles and a quarterback pressure against the Buccaneers in London. But he was inactive again for Sunday's 37-13 victory over the Lions at Soldier Field. He had 11 tackles, two quarterback pressures and one pass break-up in seven games.

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I think it had a lot more to do with his lack of pressure generation when he was in there than with any single play. The Bears are not getting the sacks from inside, and they aren't getting much help for Peppers, so they need to try everyone they can to see if anyone can help. That means Addison, Wootton, and now Chauncey Davis, who is a lot less likely to help than Reed would have. If I remember, Davis was a run-stuffer who had a decent power move, which isn't really what we need. But on the flip side, we have been getting killed by the run.

The funny thing is that Addison was the guy the coaches were raving about in the preseason, and he hasn't gotten any time until yesterday

I am a lot less interested in this than I am in the offensive line move they need to make with Williams on IR. I actually like the Reggie Stephens signing for a developmental inside player, but I also liked Linnenkohl, who didn't stick at all. But I would like to see a real guard that can play guard on the field at guard, instead of all 5 guys being out of position.
Garza playing center, should be a RG
Spencer playing RG, should be at center
Louis playing RT, should be playing LG
Williams playing LG, should be a LT
Webb playing LT, should be bagging groceries, or at the least, playing RT.

Joe, I'm not 100% sold on Reggie Stephens. The good on him is he played well vs Ndamukong Suh while at Iowa State. Stephens is a strong player who once he latches on is hard to get off for defenders. The knock on Stephens is he's slow and isn't good at getting to the second level. Chicago loves to pull their guards, I'm not sure if he'd be a good fit? Now, there is a young player already on the practice squad I like for inside maybe down the road, its rookie guard Ricky Henry, the 6-4 310lb guard was a 3 year starter at Nebraska and was a First-team all-Big 12 choice as a senior, he played right guard and is a natural inside player, he could have upside and maybe be a contributor down the road GO BEARS!!

Joe, I agree with your breakdown. Don't you think this all points to what a great job Mike Tice is doing? I do.

Joe your interest is well placed, but this is what they apparently have to do to get defensive ends. They sure can't draft them.

They have actually done better with the O-line than the defensive end position with the draft. Angelo has spent serious draft value trying to upgrade the Bears at end. He has basically come up empty except for breaking the bank on Peppers. I think Izzy was an UFA, and then he took years to develop. I guess there is still hope for guys like Wootton, but that's the best spin we can put on it. It's a little better at tackle, but not much.

In other words, the only way the Bears have been able to get defensive ends is to sign or trade for players that other people drafted. There is no excuse because the Bears model for a D-end is not that popular around the league. They should be able to get players.

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