Javon Wims has standout HOF game, does it ensure him a roster spot?

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 25: Javon Wims /

After choosing Wims in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears finished up improving their receiving core for the offseason.

At 6’3, 215 pounds wide receiver Javon Wims is quite the target for quarterback Mitch Trubisky. After signing playmakers like Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton the offense is going to thrive. Chicago also traded up to draft talented receiver Anthony Miller out of Memphis in the second round. Kevin White is also healthy again and trying to make the roster. With all of these playmakers on the offensive side of the ball is there going to be room for Wims? The answer to that is simple: Yes.

During the Hall of Fame game last week, Wims totaled seven receptions for 89 yards. Although the talent he played against mostly consisted of third and fourth stringers, Wims was man among children Thursday night.

Wims flashed multiple traits including his ability to gain yards after the catch, speed, body control and his ability to go up and get the football in jump ball situations. In these situations Wims hangs in the air, tracks and finds the ball and makes the catch.

This is the reason Chicago drafted him, its just a sliver of hope that he can fill the shoes left from Alshon Jeffery. That shouldn’t be taken that Wims will be a better receiver than Jeffery, but Chicago hasn’t had anyone to catch jump balls since his departure to Philadelphia.

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In the clip above, Wims flashes his Jeffery like ability. Hanging in the air, tracks the ball and reels it in over the defender. Not many receivers in the NFL can do this, and that’s what could potentially make Wims so special on this roster.

With the playmakers currently on the Chicago roster, it is going to be tough for him to find a spot. Wims skillset could be excellent to use in the red zone, especially if he is paired with tight end Adam Shaheen.

If he keeps making the plays he made Thursday night all throughout the preseason, theres no doubt there will be a spot for him on the roster. Nagy’s offense thrives on speedy receivers with great route running abilities and can make the catch. Wims might not fit that role exactly, but every team needs this type of receiver. Chicago might have found a gem in the last round of the 2018 NFL draft.