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3 Point Stance: Significant roster moves for Saints

Published: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 6:24 p.m. CST
(H. Rick Bamman)
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Chicago's Matt Forte bobbles the ball and gains nine yards in the first quarter against New Orleans in an NFL game Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

1. The Bears made a number of significant adjustments to their gameday roster against the Saints. Receiver Marquess Wilson, defensive tackle Zach Minter and defensive end David Bass all were active for the first time as Bears, and receiver Joe Anderson – who dressed the first three games but was inactive for the Lions – dressed again Sunday. Some of the changes were because of injuries to Anthony Walters and Stephen Paea, who were inactive for the first time this year. But Steve Maneri and Cornelius Washington each were in street clothes for the first time this season, with Maneri out apparently to make room for Wilson and Washington exchanging spots with Bass.

2. Dante Rosario was targeted with a pass from Jay Cutler for the first time this season, becoming only the sixth player Cutler has attempted to throw to in five games. Although Maneri has been used strictly as a blocker, it appears Rosario now will cost him playing time.

3. The turning point of the Saints game came with 2:41 remaining in the first half when the Saints went 71 yards in seven plays for a touchdown immediately after the Bears scored their first points of the game on an 80-yard touchdown drive.

– Hub Arkush, harkush@shawmedia.com

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