Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 11/14/11

I wrote prior to the start of the season that Edwin Williams would be one to watch during the pre-season as a potential center replacement for Olin Kreutz.   Williams has played center before but also has dabbled at the offensive guard position.

Little did I know that the Bears would grab Chris Spencer as a center guard prospect to bolster their offensive line.

This much I did discover while watching Williams man the backup left guard spot this season, he's a capable player.

Williams has shown all of the things that are in demand in this offense, he's quick he's athletic and can get out and pull and make blocks at the second level.

He's the template the Bears look for in their zone blocking scheme because he has the ability to be physical and has the ability to get to the second level with his quickness.

At what point I was ready to make the argument that Williams should start ahead of Chris Williams at the LG spot.  Knowing however that the Bears were not prepared to give up on Chris Williams just yet, there wasn't any news to make there.

Now however the relevance is obvious and it's a safe call to make Edwin Williams that he's a capable player.  He has some ability to come in and succeed and from what we've seen from Mike Tice and his ability to coach guys up Bears fans should not worry.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this news story is the fact that merely a year or two ago it would essentially be time to panic if a starter went down with an injury.  Now, with the addition of Mike Tice the offensive line is a unit of strength and stability with enough depth to keep the Bears competitive for the rest of the season.

Roster notes:

With Chris Williams going down for the season the Bears moved him to IR opening a spot on the 53 man roster.   Thinking would seem to be that any roster move made today would coincide with Williams' injury.  Instead the Bears waived DE Nick Reed from the active roster and signed DE Chauncey Davis to a two year contract.

Davis' career has been spent with the Atlanta Falcons, as he's  appeared in 96 games (25 starts) over six seasons (2005-10) after entering the NFL as a fourth round draft pick.

He recorded 204 tackles with 10 sacks, two interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles for the Falcons.  Davis goes 6-foot-2 276-pounds and could come in and contribute as a special teams guy or in a rotational situation helping to ease the amount of snaps Henry Melton takes at DE.

Perhaps the underlying situation here is if Davis gets in to the rotation more quickly than Corey Wootton, things may be pointing to Wootton's tenure in Chicago coming to an end.  Wootton has been hampered by injuries and has yet to come in and make a play since ending Brett Favre's career.   Wootton has been inactive since he came back from injury and is long over due to get back into the mix.   Wootton is a second year man and a third round draft pick that when healthy has shown some brief albeit fleeting talent.

Wootton's game day status will be one to watch moving forward with the game's getting far more important.

Final note is the Bears may perhaps be looking for outside O-Line help to bolster their depth behind Edwin Williams.  Reed's waiver and Davis' arrival is a one for one switch on the 53-man roster, meaning there is still a roster spot open.  The logical conclusion to draw would seem to be Levi Horn or Ricky Henry getting a promotion to the 53-man roster since they've been with the Bears the longest.

Newly acquired Reggie Stephens would be a surprise option given that he's only been with the Bears for a week.   If neither Henry nor Horn are promoted before Wednesday's practice, it will be interesting to see if the Bears try to find someone on the scrap heap.

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