Chicago Bears hold tryouts for a big name free agent and three others

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Chicago Bears, Napoleon Maxwell
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The Chicago Bears brought Napoleon Maxwell back in for a tryout

The Bears signed Napoleon Maxwell to the roster as an undrafted free agent back in April. He was with the team until August when he was released to make room for fellow undrafted free agent running back Artavis Pierce. Pierce had been designated to the COIVD-19 list but clearly the team views him as the lead candidate to be the fourth running back on this team behind David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen and Ryan Nall. Let us not forget running back Cordarelle Patterson too.

Maxwell has some nice size to him at 6’0 and 215 pounds. He played for five years at Florida International. He started to contribute consistently in his junior year and because he was eligible for a fifth season, he contributed in both seasons as a senior.

Over those three years, Maxwell rushed for 1,836 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. That averages out to seven touchdowns and 612 yards per season. Although the yardage does not seem like much, he only saw an average of 112 carries over those three seasons and led to an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

Maxwell is not going to be a difference-maker, but I think the Bears wanted to see if he was still in shape enough to round out the backend of the roster with Montgomery potentially missing a game or two.