The 75-man roster was formed by the Chicago Bears with the release of quarterback Matt Blanchard on Tuesday.
The Bears reached an injury settlement with the second-year Wisconsin-Whitewater product. Blanchard suffered a fractured knuckle on his left hand in Week Two of the preseason against San Diego.
Jordan Palmer will start in his place on Thursday night against Cleveland with Trent Edwards likely playing extensively in the second half. Both players are duking it out for the possible third quarterback spot.
Blanchard was battling for the third quarterback spot and it seemed as if the Bears were very happy with his progression in his second off-season.
The chances of Blanchard making the 53-man roster were pretty slim, but the Bears were hoping to place him on the practice squad for the second straight year.
He completed 16 0f 19 passes for 192 yards and one interception in two preseason games.
Blanchard shouldn't be to bummed out about the situation as he is eligible to sign with any NFL team once the injury settlement expires. The Bears will have a chance to sign him after Week 10, but he will likely be elsewhere as he drew interest from Dolphins and Cowboys this off-season.
“It’s unfortunate an injury has to happen but everything happened for a reason, Blanchard said via Chicagotribune.com." Things will work out.”
What You Know About Onobun?
Bears' tight end Fendi Onobun has struggled mightily this preseason. After showing his athleticism during OTA's and training camp, the 6'6" pass-first tight end has disappointed thus far.
He dropped what appeared to be a touchdown catch in the preseason opener in Carolina. He didn't fair well against Oakland either dropping all three passes thrown his way. In total, he has failed to reel in all five of his targets.
"You know, Fendi Onobun has had a very good camp and has been uncharacteristically inconsistent in the games,” Trestman said via Chicagosuntimes.com.
The fourth-year pro has played for five teams in three seasons since being selected by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the starting power forward for four years at the University of Arizona (2006-09), before playing one season of football at the University of Houston.
He is very raw in terms of his football experience, but so was Jimmy Graham and look what he's been doing in New Orleans the past few seasons.
“I’m not going to put any stress on myself,” Onobun said via Chicagosuntimes.com. “Obviously, the organization believes in me, to keep me here despite the way that the preseason has gone."
There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Onobun has plenty of potential, but he has to put it all together and he doesn't have much time. He is battling Kyle Adams for the third tight end job. Adams is a versatile tight end who can also play H-back and contribute on special teams.
Adams is set to make $465,000 in 2013, while Onbobun will make $555,000 if he earns a roster spot.
Don't rule out the possibility of the Bears cutting veteran fullback Tony Fiammetta in order to keep four tight ends on the roster (Bennett, Maneri, Adams and Onboun).
The Bears must cut 22 more players by Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET to get to the 53-man roster limit mandated by the NFL.
It will be interesting to see who will survive the final cuts. Onobun is certainly a player to pay attention to on Thursday night in what could be his last game in a Bears uniform.
The Bears will host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, 8:00 p.m. ET in the preseason finale.
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