Too many major mistakes — penalties, drops — were too much for potential to overcome, at least for the moment, as the Bears released tight end Fendi Onobun amid their final cuts on Friday.
Running back Armando Allen didn’t make many mistakes other than having the misfortune of a hamstring strain that sidelined him long enough for Michael Ford to edge him in a close competition for the No. 3 running back position.
Allen and Onobun were among the 14 players released or waived by the Bears through mid-Friday, leaving them with five more roster moves to make before late Saturday afternoon to reach the required 53-man head count.
Allen rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries, did not get into the end zone, but was satisfied with his comeback after missing a couple weeks of work.
“I’ve had quite a few injuries so I know that if you go out there thinking about one, it’s just going to have you cause another injury," he said. "So the important thing is just to go out and let it loose.”
Defensive lineman Aston Whiteside and cornerback Demontre Hurst also were released despite each delivering an impact play vs. the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Hurst intercepted a Brian Hoyer pass on the third play of the game. Whiteside knifed through the Cleveland blocking to stop a two-point conversion.
“I think I went out and accomplished some things I wanted to do,” said Hurst, who has potential as a nickel back and could return to the Bears’ practice squad. “All we talk about is takeaways and that was my opportunity to make a play and I did. Happy I made that play.”
Whiteside played well at spots through training camp. But the emergence of sixth-round pick Cornelius Washington in particular made the depth chart too crowded, although Whiteside has played at both end and tackle at 265 pounds.
“I’m not a big guy, not going to wrestle the big guys,” Whiteside said. Does he think like a tackle or an end? “Both,” he said, laughing. “I just think, ‘in the backfield.’”
The moves point to Kyle Adams sticking on the tight end chart behind Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri. The Bears liked the athleticism of Onobun but needed more consistency and fewer negative plays.
Onobun dropped touchdown passes at Carolina and Oakland, and he let a short pass go off his hands and into a Brown’s, to be returned for a touchdown Friday. He also was flagged twice for holding in the past two games.
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