The Bears are busy on the eve of their final minicamp of the offseason program. First, Gabe Carimi got traded for a sixth round draft pick. Next, they cut troubled H-back Even Rodriguez and signed fullback Tony Fiammetta. The latest word coming from Zach Zaidman’s Twitter account is that fan favorite Devin Aromashodu will be returning the team.
#Bears sign WRs Devin Aromashodu and Jerrell Jackson. They waive WRs Demetrius Fields and Dale Moss.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) June 10, 2013
Aromashodu was with the Bears from 2008 – 2010, after stints with the Indianapolis Colt and Washington Redskins. As a Bear, he appeared in 24 games, starting 4. He had 34 receptions for 447 yards and 4 touchdowns. Perhaps his most memorable was this overtime game winner against the Vikings back in Week 16 of the 2009 season (refresh your browser if you don’t see the video below):
Jerrell Jackson, an undrafted free agent out of Missouri, signed with the Houston Texans following the draft and eventually ended up on the Jacksonville Jaguars late last season. The 6’1″ receiver originally from Houston could compete as a slot receiver for the Bears. Here’s a snippet of his scouting report out of Mizzou:
Positive: Athletic receiver coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Fluid wideout who easily adjusts to the errant throw and extends to make the reception away from his body. Sells pass routes, displays good quickness and finds the open spot in the defense. Uses his hands to separate from defenders, displays solid eye/hand coordination. Works to stay inbounds and pick up positive yardage running after the catch. Gets vertical and fights to make the reception.
Negative: Lacks the second gear and cannot run to the deep throw. Not a sharp route runner E” he floats exiting breaks. Dropped some very catchable throws on occasion.
Analysis: Jackson possesses the size and speed to flourish as a third receiver at the next level. He’s a developmental prospect who must elevate every area of his game to make a roster at the next level.
The Bears keep adding competition at all positions, especially on offense. It should make for a very interesting training camp.