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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AZBearsFan wrote:
JPeppers90 wrote:
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So now there are currently 8 safeties on the roster. Major and Conte are locks, Hardin I would assume. So the other 5 will battle for 1 MAYBE 2 spots

I bet we keep 11 DB's on the active 53 man roster. My guess:
CB: Tillman, Jennings, Hardin(NB/S), Hayden*, Bowman, Frey, McManis
S: Major, Conte, Hardin(NB/S), Zbikowski, Steltz


Steltz, Frey and McManis will be inactive if Hayden returns. If Hardin is designated as a nickel back then I would assume Steltz is the one remaining active. We won't have all those guys in uniform come Sunday.


There's no way McMannis will not be active for any games unless there is an injury. He is quite possibly our best STer (and there's quite a few to choose from).

I asked about 6 weeks ago if anyone could see Hardin going back to corner (built in the Sherman mold physically) and was met with a resounding no around here. It'd be great if he could do that (most likely going outside with TJ in the slot) but the consensus around here at least is that he can't fill that role.
Hardin is by far our biggest safety, it was incredibly apparent at TC. It really wouldn't shock me if he ended up converted to LB.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superman(DH23) wrote:
AZBearsFan wrote:
JPeppers90 wrote:
bears2308 wrote:
pigsooie5 wrote:
BearDown85 wrote:
So now there are currently 8 safeties on the roster. Major and Conte are locks, Hardin I would assume. So the other 5 will battle for 1 MAYBE 2 spots

I bet we keep 11 DB's on the active 53 man roster. My guess:
CB: Tillman, Jennings, Hardin(NB/S), Hayden*, Bowman, Frey, McManis
S: Major, Conte, Hardin(NB/S), Zbikowski, Steltz


Steltz, Frey and McManis will be inactive if Hayden returns. If Hardin is designated as a nickel back then I would assume Steltz is the one remaining active. We won't have all those guys in uniform come Sunday.


There's no way McMannis will not be active for any games unless there is an injury. He is quite possibly our best STer (and there's quite a few to choose from).

I asked about 6 weeks ago if anyone could see Hardin going back to corner (built in the Sherman mold physically) and was met with a resounding no around here. It'd be great if he could do that (most likely going outside with TJ in the slot) but the consensus around here at least is that he can't fill that role.
Hardin is by far our biggest safety, it was incredibly apparent at TC. It really wouldn't shock me if he ended up converted to LB.
College CB to NFL LB? No.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol someone in the News forum called this a "horrific" signing. Laughing


Yeah, this is really going to set us back a few years.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lol someone in the News forum called this a "horrific" signing. Laughing


Yeah, this is really going to set us back a few years.

Is that guy under the impression he's replacing Major Wright at SS?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AZBearsFan wrote:
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Lol someone in the News forum called this a "horrific" signing. Laughing


Yeah, this is really going to set us back a few years.

Is that guy under the impression he's replacing Major Wright at SS?


No, I'm pretty sure he realizes he is purely depth and ST.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even as a 3rd or 4th string guy I love this signing.

Zbikowski is the type of role player you need on your team who will quietly go about his business and get the job done.

Add in the fact that he's a local boy who grew up cheering for the Bears as his favorite team, you know he's going it give it 100%.

Never hurts to have good depth at safety either. +1 signing
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