Get to know new Chicago Bears UDFA signing: Henry Litwin

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Following the 2022 NFL Draft, Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears didn’t end their night of acquiring talent.

The Chicago Bears sign Slippery Rock University stand-out receiver: Henry Litwin

The Bears have added a handful of UDFAs so far, but one of the more intriguing additions is Henry Litwin, a wide receiver out of Slippery Rock.

The main reason for that intrigue is the fact that he’s a receiver.

There was a lot of hubbub about the Chicago Bears not drafting a receiver with one of their two second-round picks, however, it wasn’t as bad as a decision looking back. In fact, the Bears left round two better than they would’ve, had they gotten a receiver.

Sure, Christian Watson was still available, but if the Bears were to get him, they’d have had to know that Green Bay was trading up, and then they’d have to trade up.

Velus Jones Jr. might have red flags, but given the position the Chicago Bears were in, their overall team got better. And while the two second-round picks don’t make Justin Fields better by catching passes from him, not allowing 21+ points per game help Fields, too.

Now, back to Henry Litwin, a player that could find himself on the 53-man roster by the start of the season.

Litwin has a fun story to look at.

Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 195-pounds, Henry Litwin has a nice frame to compliment his 4.56 speed. He might not win in a race against Velus Jones, but Litwin could add a nice dimension to the Bears’ offense.

Given Ryan Poles’ attention to a prospect’s resilience, a signing like Henry Litwin makes sense.  Litwin’s former coach at SRU also made a statement that shows Bears fans what type of worker Litwin is.

"“Henry [Litwin] walked on at Slippery Rock, became the best receiver in school history and now is getting a chance to play in the NFL. He is a true testament to what hard work and a relentless approach can lead to and we couldn’t be more proud of him.” – Shawn Lutz, Head Coach, SRU Football"

At Slippery Rock University, Henry Litwin led Division II football in catches (221), yards (3,392), and touchdowns (42) in his 51-game career.

Along with that, his 2019 season was enough to put him in the SRU record book, too. That season, Litwin came down with 103 passes for 1,509 yards and 21 touchdowns to set the SRU single-season record in each category.

Oh, and he followed that season up by accumulating 67 catches for 1,042 yards and 13 touchdowns from two completely new quarterbacks. So, while the competition might be a few steps lower than what Litwin will find in the NFL, he seemingly has the tools to be great.

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If the Chicago Bears can get even some of that production on their offense, Henry Litwin is absolutely deserving of a spot on the 53-man roster. The receiver spots are pretty up for grabs, so if Litwin can showcase the resilience that carried him to success at Slippery Rock University, there’s doubt that he’ll be sent packing.