Chicago Bears sign Rodney Adams unexpectedly after tryout

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The Chicago Bears made a somewhat strange roster move.

So the Chicago Bears added a wide receiver this week after hosting a fair amount of people for tryouts. Adding Adams was an odd move since the Chicago Bears have 11 receivers on the roster, including Cordarrelle Patterson. But maybe a Patterson styled player is what the Chicago Bears are looking to gain.

According to, Patterson was 73.88 inches tall and weighed 216 pounds. Patterson ran 4.42 seconds on the 40-yard dash and had a 37-inch vertical leap while Rodney Adams was listed at being 73.25inches tall and weighed 189 pounds. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and had a 29.5-inch vertical jump.

Reasons why Adams fell to the fifth round and Patterson was a first-round selection. Adams might be a poor man’s Patterson (which isn’t saying much). I highly doubt a player who just joined the team during this pandemic has a shot at making the 53-man roster.

Looking at Adams, he does fit the mold of a Patterson styled player minus the size and leaping ability. For the University of South Florida, Adams ran the ball 34 times for just over 300 yards. Admas was primarily a receiver but was a kick returner for the team.

Admas on his college career had 46 returns, 1100 yards, and one score. Again not as impressive as Patterson, but maybe he could be molded into that same type of player. It will be interesting to see what Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace see in Adams. The Chicago Bears already have a battle between Riley Ridley and Javon Wims at one spot and drafted their rookie receiver in the fifth round this year.

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Rodney Adams left football in 2018, so it is fascinating that he came back during a very odd year.  Adams is only 26 years old, and most have shown something special to get signed so late in the process. Adams left the game because he wasn’t in love with the game anymore. Maybe that returned. I would not expect much from him, but then again, you never know.