Out With Taylor, In With Bell
UPDATE: It appears Taylor has not been released yet, however, it’s likely to happen soon. “A little bit of a misunderstanding”, according to Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
Bell for Taylor: The Bears have notified running back Chester Taylor that he will be released, according to an NFL source.
Taylor knew he couldn’t control the club’s decision to sit him Saturday against the Titans:
“I don’t wonder or doubt,” Taylor said Saturday night in Nashville. “I’m just going to do what I do: practice and work hard. And whatever they do, they’re going to do. I can’t control it.”
Taylor was upset that he suited up for Saturday’s contest but didn’t see action:
“I practiced all week, thinking I’m going to play today. So, they could have gave me the heads up sooner,” he said.
Taylor also said he didn’t believe he got a chance to prove himself, considering his limited snaps in the other two preseason games.
Although Marion Barber left Saturday’s meet premature with a calf injury, he has made his presence felt during preseason. Kahlil Bell, the back expected to take Taylor’s spot on the final 53-man roster, has value on special teams.
Taylor was inked to a four-year, $12 million deal last year that included $7 million in guaranteed cash. Taylor registered a career-low 2.4 yards per rush last season.
Gholston gone: Former Jets first-round draft pick Vernon Gholston has been released. The defensive end was very “ghost-like” this preseason, doing his disappearing act. Now he is vanished from the team.
Addison’s stock rises: With Corey Wootton still recovering from a knee injury (out four weeks; hurt August 13), this means undrafted rookie free-agent Mario Addison (Troy) is the frontrunner to be the club’s fourth defensive end. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound pass rusher is very similar in size to former Bear sack artist Mark Anderson.