Bears WR Joe Anderson working for great cause
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter August 30, 2013 9:54PM
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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:52AM
Joe Anderson is on the verge of making the Bears’ 53-man roster. But even that won’t be enough for the second-year wide receiver from Texas Southern.
Anderson still has to sweat out the last three cuts Saturday. But he solidified his spot with an impressive performance Thursday against the Browns — four receptions for 64 yards, including a five-yard touchdown and a 37-yard catch. But it wasn’t good enough for him.
‘‘When you talk about trying to be great, you’re not going to settle,’’ Anderson said. ‘‘I want to be great. I don’t want to just be good. So I’m going to keep working. I work hard at practice, and when the lights come on in the game, I’m going to work hard in the game. I don’t want to be an average guy. I want to be the best.’’
Onobun, Palmer cut
Tight end Fendi Onobun, running back Armando Allen, left tackle J’Marcus Webb and quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards were among the 17 players cut by the Bears on Friday to trim their roster to 58. With safety Brandon Hardin and offensive tackle Cory Brandon expected to be waived with injury settlements, the Bears have three more cuts to make to reach the 53-player limit.
Onobun, the enigmatic former college basketball player who had a 20-yard reception against the Browns but also deflected a pass that was intercepted and returned for a TD, likely will be signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The other players cut were fullback Harvey Unga, wide receivers Brittan Golden and Josh Lenz, guards Edwin Williams and Derek Dennis, defensive ends Aston Whiteside and Josh Williams, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, linebacker Jerry Franklin, cornerback Demontre Hurst, safety Tom Nelson and long snapper Brandon Hartson.
The hard-luck kid
Hardin, who missed the last two seasons because of injuries — a broken shoulder his senior year at Oregon State and a neck injury last season with the Bears — thought he had suffered a stinger against the Browns. But he suffered a broken shoulder blade, according to ESPN.com.
It’s a tough break for Hardin, a third-round draft pick in 2012 who knew he had a lot to prove.
‘‘It would mean the world to me [to make the team],’’ Hardin said after the game, ‘‘because I was drafted here. I want to be with the Bears for a long time. I want to prove to our GM that he didn’t waste a pick on me. I need to prove to the fans that I belong on this team.’’
Palmer thanked Bears fans via Twitter for their support after he was cut despite playing well against the Browns — he was 11-for-17 for 111 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 102.8 passer rating. The Bears apparently will go with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.
‘‘I’m blown away by the amazing #Bears fans and their well wishes,’’ Palmer said on his Twitter account. ‘‘#Classy organization and the best fan base I’ve been around. Best of luck!’’