The Bears clearly liked a lot of what they saw from a handful of their young players through the offseason, training camp and preseason, signing back five of their released players to the 2013 practice squad in addition to quarterback Jerrod Johnson to help run opponents’/scout team plays for the Bears defense.
Linebacker Jerry Franklin, cornerback Demontre Hurst, tight end Fendi Onobun, running back Harvey Unga and defensive lineman Aston Whiteside were all final cuts by the Bears after the Cleveland game and are now back with the team on the developmental squad.
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The Bears did not re-sign promising wide receiver Terrence Toliver, opting instead for Ricardo Lockette, signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played in two late-season games for the Seahawks, was subsequently cut and spent most of last season the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad.
Lockette has been timed at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash and is listed at 6-2.
Johnson was the starting quarterback at Texas A&M through 2010 before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He left Texas A&M as the school’s all-time leader for passing yards and total offense.