Alex Leatherwood
Alex Leatherwood Ethan Miller/Getty Images


  • Alex Leatherwood is hoping to start anew with Chicago Bears
  • The Bears have taken in six players who were recently cut by other NFL team
  • The new recruits could get a chance to revive their respective careers

Most NFL teams have come up with their initial 53-man roster, but it is a given that this is subject to change.

There will be players available in the market, so tweaks are expected moving forward.

In the case of the Chicago Bears, the moves they made of acquiring several players off waivers may come as a surprise.

Per reports, the NFL team hauled in six new faces, making them the most active team on the waiver wire.

Chicago took in six players who were cut by other NFL teams yesterday.

Of the players taken in, it was perhaps offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood that proved to be the Bears' prized catch.

The 23-year-old is a former first-round pick that needs to be on a team that can give him a second chance.

This was after his previous stint with the Las Vegas Raiders failed to pan out.

"We studied him on tape. We looked at him," head coach Matt Eberflus said of Leatherwood. "It's a clean slate, it's a fresh start from him and we'll see where we start him at. We're not going to disclose that right now. Still working with the coaches on that. But it's a clean slate and a fresh start for him."

Leatherwood was initially seen as a projected second-round pick who would likely have to transition to a guard.

But despite the efforts of Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, things just did not work out with Leatherwood.

He started out playing as a right tackle, probably one of the worst the NFL has ever seen.

Leatherwood played 257 snaps in his first month and earned Pro Football Focus grades in three of his first four games.

Just like other cut players, Leatherwood gets a chance to revive his career in Chicago.

Of course, he is not the only one.

Aside from Florida native, other players taken in by the Bears also include Armani Watts, Josh Blackwell, Kingsley Johnathan, Sterling Weatherford and Trevin Wesco.

As a result of the six new pickups, the Bears will now have to make room and release six players in the initial 53-man roster.

 Offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood
Offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood Alex Leatherwood/Getty Images