Bears release 2015 third-round pick Hroniss Grasu

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The Chicago Bears have released center Hroniss Grasu http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/bryce-callahan-jersey , Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported. The move was made to create a space on the 53-man roster for edge rusher Khalil Mack.Grasu, 27, was the team’s third-round pick in 2015, Ryan Pace’s first draft as the general manager of the Bears. The two-time All-American started and played in eight games in his rookie season, replacing Will Montgomery in the starting lineup. Grasu tore his ACL in August of 2016, ending his sophomore campaign before it even began. The injury prompted Cody Whitehair to move to center and with the late addition of Josh Sitton at guard, would eventually force Grasu out of the starting lineup.Grasu would see some playing time in 2017 due to injuries on the offensive line: he started in four of the six games he played last year. However, it became apparent that his play was not good enough to warrant a long-term starting spot, and his inability to play anywhere other than center affected his value significantly as a backup offensive lineman.There were rumors that the Bears were trying to trade Grasu, which may have been the reason that they chose to wait until after Saturday to release him.Make sure to keep track of all of Chicago’s moves today in our practice squad and waiver claim tracker.Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears and NFL Draft writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He also covers the NFL Draft for USA Today SMG’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or e-mailed at jacobinfante1208@gmail.com.One dark-horse candidate at each Bears defensive position who could move up the depth chart Unlike their offense, the Chicago Bears will be returning most of their defensive starters from the 2017 season. A few additions were made - most notably first-round pick Roquan Smith - but the core from last year’s roster was able to stay in tact.Although the starting lineup will remain similar, there are a handful of intriguing new players coming off of the bench who could be fighting with free agent signings and returning veterans for playing time. As a follow-up to Thursday’s article http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/dion-sims-jersey , let's take a look at one Bears player at each defensive position who could end up climbing the depth chart by the time the regular season rolls around.Defensive lineInstead of Jonathan Bullard: Roy Robertson-HarrisArguably the only true starting battle on the roster, the defensive end spot is currently up for grabs. Akiem Hicks has one of the spots locked in, but Jonathan Bullard or Roy Robertson-Harris will have to fight it out to secure a starting role.Bullard, a 2016 third-round pick, currently holds the starting spot by a narrow margin, but the Bears may actually be better off starting Robertson-Harris, who flashed potential in limited playing time last season. Both hold up a valid argument to be added to the starting lineup, but Robertson-Harris has the physical tools of an NFL starter.Reasons to love Robertson-Harris: Robertson-Harris has an intimidating blend of size and speed that a lot of 3-4 defensive ends wish that they could have. The six-foot-seven, 294-pound UTEP alumnus played edge rusher in college and ran a 4.84 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in 2016, and hasn’t seemed to have lost much of that explosiveness since transitioning into an interior defensive lineman. Edge rusherInstead of Aaron Lynch: Kylie FittsHere’s something you probably haven’t heard at all this offseason: the Bears are thin at the outside linebacker position.In an offseason full of impressive moves and noteworthy shakeups, Chicago’s group of edge rushers was barely improved, if at all. At the end of the day Womens Eddie Goldman Jersey , though, they’re going to have to make due with what they have, so they might as well give more playing time to players with upside.Aaron Lynch was signed in hopes that he could replicate his 2015 form, but that seems highly unlikely after two straight seasons that were plagued with injury and less-than-stellar performances. The Bears would be better off giving more playing time to Fitts, who himself has had injury issues over the past two years, but has more potential to tap into than Lynch.Reasons to love Fitts: Fitts is a well-rounded edge prospect who offers a bit of everything. He’s a solid athlete with good first-step acceleration who can also shed blocks well on a consistent basis. He isn’t perfect, but he has the talent to be a long-term rotational edge rusher for the Bears.LinebackerNoneA position without any change! Gee willikers.The Bears’ organization at the linebacker position couldn’t be made better with the players they have on their roster. Danny Trevathan and, eventually, Roquan Smith make up a formidable starting duo on paper, with Nick Kwiatkoski as the primary backup. The likes of Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Jonathan Anderson and John Timu are all aptly placed, as well.Defensive backInstead of Marcus Cooper: Kevin ToliverChicago seems to be relatively set for the most part at cornerback Authentic Roquan Smith Jersey , with Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara secured as the starting outside corners and Bryce Callahan in the nickel. Players like Cre’Von LeBlanc and Sherrick McManis figure to be safe bets to make the 53-man roster, as well. Marcus Cooper can also be placed in that category, but he might be better off taking a back seat on the depth chart.Kevin Toliver, an undrafted free agent out of LSU, has been one of the most impressive rookies in training camp thus far, and he has a higher ceiling than most undrafted free agents. If he ends up making the team, then he could be a very good insurance option for one of the two outside starters.Reasons to like Toliver: Two words: physical tools. At six-foot-two and 192 pounds, Toliver has impressive length for a defensive back. He’s physical in man coverage, is a solid athlete and provides some value as a tackler.Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He is also an NFL Draft writer at USA Today SMG’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or emailed at jacobinfante1208@gmail.com.

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