By: Jay Patel
The Chicago Bears made three minor moves during the last couple of days. None of them are splashy, and probably won’t make much of an impact. The two signings the team made are both already going to be on the roster bubble. At best, WR Trevor Davis will be a special teams contributor or 6th WR, and DT John Jenkins will be buried at the bottom of the depth chart.
Davis, 26, has been in the NFL for four seasons. He’s appeared in 43 games, only starting four. He spent the first three with the Packers, then got traded to the Raiders, and finished the 2019 season in Miami after getting waived by Las Vegas. WR may be Davis’ position, but playing as a return man is his main job. Davis averaged 10.1 yards on 59 punt returns, and 22.4 yards on 58 kickoff returns over the course of his career. With Tarik Cohen and Cordarrelle Patterson only slated to be the Bears return specialists, it’s tough to see Davis returning anything for the Bears. The former fifth-round pick will either be a depth piece at WR, special teams contributor, or not make the final roster.
Jenkins, 30, is coming back for his second stint in Chicago. He played in eight games for the Bears back in 2017, recording eight tackles. Jenkins has plenty of NFL experience, playing in 82 games with the Bears, Saints, Seahawks, Giants, and most recently, the Dolphins. He played in all 16 games for Miami last season, finishing with 34 tackles, 1.0 sack, and 2.0 tackles-for-loss. GM Ryan Pace knows a lot about Jenkins after their days in New Orleans together. Should Jenkins make the final roster, he’ll the give the Bears another big-body on the front seven.
The Bears have made their first cut of the 10-man TE group. Dax Raymond has been cut, leaving nine TE on the Bears current roster. Raymond never played a snap for the Bears after getting injured during the preseason last year. He was an undrafted free-agent signing from last year’s draft. There was tons of hope for him after his standout Utah State career, but an injury and competition were too much to come back from. This will be the first cut of many, but the Bears finally made a move to address the crowd of TEs.