The offseason roster churn continues:
#Bears roster update:
We have signed the following Reserve/Future player:
WR, Jordan Williams-Lambert
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) January 18, 2019
As the offseason rolls on, we’ll continue to see the Chicago Bears sign players to reserve/future contracts to round out what will ultimately be a 90-man roster that will participate in OTAs, training camp, and the preseason. The newest member of the group is wide receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert, who picked up 62 catches for 764 yards and four touchdowns for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 2018.
Before taking his talents north of the border, Williams-Lambert was a standout at Ball State from 2012-15. Williams-Lambert finished his college career as one of the most accomplished pass-catchers in school history, earning All-MAC honors in three seasons, and finishing his time on campus ranking fifth in receiving yards (2,723), fifth in catches (200), and third in touchdowns (24). The Saints signed Lambert as an undrafted free agent and spent time on their practice squad before heading to Canada.
If you’re curious why the Bears would be intrigued by a CFL standout, Williams-Lambert’s NFL Draft profile sheds some light on that:
Williams-Lambert came into the season with an impressive grade from scouting services, but failed to put together consistent, NFL-caliber tape. While he has the size and length to an intriguing downfield option, his lack of athleticism and speed to free himself could force him into nonstop “combat catches”. He size should get him a shot in camp with a chance to compete for a back end roster spot.
Williams-Lambert has size (6-3, 228 pounds), impressed scouts, put forth some quality tape, but couldn’t do it with consistency. Sounds like exactly the type of player the Bears should be targeting with this type of contract this offseason. Perhaps a second shot at life in the NFL in a situation where he takes advantage of his size and deep-ball skills could allow him to work his way into the conversation of a back-of-the-roster spot, or at least a place on the practice squad.