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There may not be any roster spots William Perry Jersey , but these guys feel like strong bets for the practice squad."They’ve been the first team to give opportunities to the likes of Brent Grimes, Ryan Schraeder, Brian Poole, and Paul Worrilow over the years, and all of those guys carved out truly significant roles (with varying levels of success) for Atlanta.As the roster has grown in the Dan Quinn era, those additions have been fewer and farther between, and that’s likely to be true again in 2019. The Falcons prioritized making draft picks and stocking veteran depth at key positions, which is going to mean roster spots are scarce for this year’s group of 16 UDFAs. A year ago, just one undrafted free agent made the active roster and stuck, and that was developmental OL Matt Gono, who will be fighting to make the team again in 2019. In addition to Gono, DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, QB Kurt Benkert, DT Justin Zimmer, TE Jaeden Graham, and WRs Christian Blake and Devin Gray spent time on Atlanta’s practice squad and are currently part of the 90 man roster. LB Richard Jarvis surprisingly made the roster initially, too, but didn’t stick. You can expect a similar showing this year out of a smaller crop of guys, with maybe 1-2 spots an UDFA could conceivably latch on at, plus practice squad churn that should afford others opportunity.Who belongs on the list of players who could stick around http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-ditka-jersey , at least on the practice squad?Let’s take a closer look at a few top candidates in the early going. WR Olamide ZaccheausWide receiver is one of the more wide open positions, at least in terms of practice squad availability. Blake and Gray did fine work last year, most notably Gray, but neither one has a huge leg up on a spot in the here and now, and the roster looks pretty set with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Justin Hardy, Marcus Green, and Russell Gage as the six available options. That leaves room for Zaccheaus to sneak on to the practice squad and marinate for a year. Zaccheaus is an explosive, potent athlete who made a habit of getting by defensive backs at Virginia and taking it to the house. He managed three 70-plus yard catch-and-run touchdowns in his final two seasons, put up 93 catches for 1,058 yards and 9 touchdowns in his senior year, and like Green has some positional versatility as a part-time runner early in his college career. He’s not known for his hands or size, but the explosiveness could earn him a look down the line if the Falcons want to stock the cupboard at WR with versatile athletes. C Chandler MillerMiller’s a pivot who moves well and is strong for his size (listed at under 300 pounds), but his primary calling card is a school-record 50 straight games started at center at the University of Tulsa. That wealth of experience gives him a good feel for the position and makes him interesting in Atlanta, where the team figures to rely on the likes of Wes Schweitzer, Adam Gettis, or a street free agent to back up Alex Mack at center. Miller has an outsized chance of sneaking onto the active roster if he shows well, given the team’s ongoing need for a true center to back up Mack. If not Womens Richard Dent Jersey , he’s probably worth the development time as Mack’s contract winds down. LB Durrant Miles Miles is a college defensive end who will apparently be converting to linebacker in Atlanta. At Boise State, he was an active and disruptive pass rusher who put up 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in three years as a part-time starter, offers the plus athleticism the Falcons like, and brings a history of solid run defense to the group. The team has a number of one-year contracts and questionable future fits at linbacker right now, so a player like Miles could spend a year developing and step in to the picture at 2020. FS Parker Baldwin There are several things working in Baldwin’s favor here. First, he’s from San Diego State, where Damontae Kazee excelled and caught the Falcons’ eyes, and his overlap with Kazee might mean the rising defender put in a good word for him. Like Kazee, Baldwin was a bit of a ballhawk in college, and he’s also got plus physicality and quality size for the position, making him at least an intriguing developmental option.It’s a slim chance, like everything else on this list, but Baldwin could sneak on because the lack of proven options after Ricardo Allen (who is himself recovering from a major injury) is a cause for concern heading into the year. If he shows well in the spring and summer, I’d feel very confident about his chances of at least sticking on the practice squad, even if that doesn’t happen. CB Jayson Stanley Because Dan Quinn loves his converted wide receivers, of course.Stanley’s entering a very crowded group of cornerbacks and is converting to corner, meaning his best chance is probably at a practice squad spot. It’s worth noting that he’s got the speed and size (6’2”, over 200 pounds) that Dan Quinn likes from the position, and that he played special teams and played special teams quite well in Georgia, both as a blocker and as a gunner. If the Falcons are intent on re-making their secondary in the coming years Dan Hampton Jersey , Stanley could eventually push for C.J. Goodwin’s old role as the team’s nominal fourth or fifth cornerback and a core special teamer. Who else belongs on this list? The signing presumably signals the end of Bryce Callahan’s tenure in Chicago."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳NFL Free AgencyLatest NewsNewsBears to sign cornerback Buster Skrine to three-year, $16.5 million dealNew,104commentsThe signing presumably signals the end of Bryce Callahan’s tenure in Chicago. CDTShareTweetShareShareBears to sign cornerback Buster Skrine to three-year, $16.5 million dealBuster Skrine will fill in the Bears’ nickel back position.Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsMere minutes after signing running back Mike Davis, the Chicago Bears made another signing in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with cornerback Buster Skrine, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The contract has $8.5 million guaranteed, as pointed out by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Skrine, who turns 30 in April, is entering his ninth season in the NFL. He has spent the last four seasons as the nickel back for the New York Jets, tallying three interceptions, 30 pass deflections and 222 tackles in that time. He previously played for the Cleveland Browns four four seasons before signing a four-year, $25 million deal with the Jets in 2015.The signing of Skrine presumably signals the departure of Bryce Callahan, who is currently a free agent. The Bears’ newest signing provides a similar skill set to Callahan, as he can cover well out of the slot and blitz efficiently. Though older than his predecessor and a downgrade at the position, Skrine’s contract will likely end up being cheaper than that of Callahan. Assumed by many to be brought back this offseason, Callahan will have to find a new team.