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Bears swap out long snappers, cut Amini Silatolu

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The Bears have been busy since the cut to 53 players with guard Josh Sitton joining the team and longtime kicker Robbie Gould getting released on Sunday.

They continued making moves on Monday by reversing a move they made on the way to 53 players.

On Saturday, the Bears cut long snapper Patrick Scales and kept Aaron Brewer on the roster. Now they’ve brought Scales back to club and released Brewer. Scales played five games with the Bears last season while Brewer signed with the team after spending the last four seasons with the Broncos, where he played for current Bears head coach John Fox and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.

The Bears also formally announced the addition of practice squad quarterback Matt Barkley and released guard Amini Silatolu, who signed with the team in the offseason but became an unnecessary piece on the roster with Sitton joining the club. There was no corresponding move, leaving the Bears with an open roster spot that will be filled by Gould’s replacement Connor Barth. General Manager Ryan Pace said Barth officially signed on Monday.

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3 Responses to “Bears swap out long snappers, cut Amini Silatolu”
  1. xargscutgrep says: Sep 5, 2016 12:46 PM

    Well, if that doesn’t inspire confidence, I don’t know what will.

    Honestly, is Pace a plant and still working for New Orleans?

  2. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Sep 5, 2016 2:05 PM

    Well, if that doesn’t inspire confidence, I don’t know what will.

    Honestly, is Pace a plant and still working for New Orleans?

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    We’re talking about a long snapper dude, stop being so dramatic!

  3. xargscutgrep says: Sep 5, 2016 3:17 PM

    “We’re talking about a long snapper dude, stop being so dramatic!”

    Fair enough. At first, this seemed rather odd. After I relaxed, though, I remembered that snappers snap at different speeds, and some kickers are more sensitive than others (e.g. 1.9 seconds versus 2.1 seconds seems to make a difference).

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