The Chicago Bears didn’t waste much time in finding a cornerback to take Thomas Graham Jr.’s spot on the practice squad.
A mere hours after Cleveland poached Graham off Chicago’s practice squad and putting him on their active roster, the Bears announced they were adding Harrison Hand to their own taxi squad. Hand, 23, was a fifth-round pick (169th overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 5-11, 197-pound corner played collegiately at Temple and Baylor. Since joining the NFL, Hand has 23 games with the Vikings (2020-21) and a six-day stint on the Giants practice squad in August 2022. Hand’s joining the Bears makes Chicago his third different team this year. Maybe there is a chance he’ll stick around? Good luck guessing at this point.
There isn’t much pro tape out there on Hand. After all, he has played a grand total of 165 defensive snaps over his first two seasons in the league. But he sure made this one memorable:
Come for the newest member of the Bears secondary snagging a red-zone pick against Drew Brees. And stay for the highlight clip featuring the Spanish broadcast. If the NFL shared more highlights in Spanish, I’d share the heck out of them. Just FYI to the powers that be who come across this blog post while perusing of happenings around the league.
Hand joins Davontae Harris and A.J. Thomas as defensive backs on the Bears’ 16-player practice squad. Ahead of Hand on the cornerback depth chart are more than a handful of corners. Jaylon Johnson, Kyler Gordon, Lamar Jackson, Kindle Vildor, Jaylon Jones, and Josh Blackwell are the team’s active CBs. If any of those players go down, it’ll likely be Hand getting the call to step up in a pinch. Ideally, the Bears won’t have to dig into the practice squad for secondary help. But it is still good to know what the options are behind the regulars.