Bears Make Roster Moves After Mini-Camp

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WR Kieren Duncan, Colorado-Pueblo (5’10 | 176 | 4.25) – The Bears are looking to get faster as a team and Duncan is one of the fastest players in the NFL right now. His 40-time is just a shade under Chris Johnson’s 4.24 combine record. He also posted a 37.5″ vertical, 10’06” broad jump, and a 4.11 20-yard shuttle.

There is no doubt that Duncan’s speed is elite and he utilized it well with a 30.6 yard kick-return average which would have been 2nd in the NFL last season. He’s not just a kick returner and caught 81 passes over the last two seasons with an average of 17 yards per catch.

Duncan also was named first-team all-RMAC academic team, so has the aptitude to pick up the offense quickly. The Bears have brought in a number of kick return specialists and there is a job to be won for whoever proves to be the Bears most explosive kick returner. Anything Duncan can add as a receiver will just increase his chances of making the Bears roster.

P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota St (5.9 | 196 | 4.92) – The Bears spend a 6th round pick on Miami punter Pat O’Donnell in 2014 and he showed enough improvement last year that I’d be surprised if anyone took his job. I appreciate the Bears bringing in some competition for O’Donnell, but I would rather see the Bears use their roster spot on position of legitimate need.

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OG Donovan Williams, Louisiana Lafayette (6’2 | 318 | 5.12) – Started every game over the last two seasons for the Ragin Cajons after spending some time at the junior college level. Williams moves pretty well for his size and has the versatility to play any of the three interior line positions, which may have value for the Bears after the release of Matt Slauson (still hurts).

His movement skills may have attracted the Bears as well, since they are most likely moving to a zone-blocking scheme under OC Dowel Loggains. None of Williams’ physical traits stand out, but he’s thought to be an intelligent player with the ability to pick up schemes quickly and after some time on the practice squad he could be in the mix for a back-up interior linemen spot at both guard and center in the near future.

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