The Bears formed their 10-man practice squad on Monday, bringing back seven players who were with the team this preseason.
Wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, cornerback Isaiah Frey, offensive guard Ryan Groy, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and wide receiver Rashad Ross make up the practice squad.
Frey is the most notable name on the list. He was with the Bears’ practice squad in 2012, was the nickel corner in ’13, playing in almost half the defensive snaps. He missed time in the preseason with a hamstring injury and was cut last Tuesday.
The new rules for eligibility allow Frey to return to the practice squad, even after playing 16 games last season.
Boggs spent the 2013 season with the Bears as a backup center, but only appeared in one game on special teams.
Bellamy stood out in the Bears’ preseason finale with four catches for 78 yards. Dunn, Groy, Lattimore and Louis-Jean are undrafted rookies who impressed the staff during the preseason, and add depth at their respective positions. Louis-Jean had an interception and tackle for loss in the preseason and Lattimore had 12 tackles.
Mitchell was a seventh-round pick by the Cowboys. He had 14 tackles, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the preseason. At the Combine, Mitchell, who is 5-11, 192 pounds, had the best three-cone time among all corners. He had five interceptions last season at Oregon.
Philon is an undrafted rookie who spent the preseason with the Steelers. He had 12 tackles for loss and four sacks in 13 games (12 starts) for Louisville last season.
Ross had four kickoff returns for 128 yards for the Redskins this preseason, along with two catches for 78 yards. He spent time in 2013 with the Titans’ and Chiefs’ practice squads.
Former Northern Illinois star Jordan Lynch did not make the Bears’ practice squad.