Apparently, the Chicago Bears‘ love of everything Abilene Christian University now has a new flavor. The Bears announced the signing of wide receiver Raymond Radway to the practice squad. He joins current Bear Johnny Knox and former Bear Danieal Manning as the third Wildcat to be on the Bears roster. Knox is currently on injured reserve after suffering a horrific back injury last season and Manning is with the Houston Texans.
Radway was an undrafted rookie with the Dallas Cowboys last season and was projected to make the roster until he broke his leg during the finally of the 2011 preseason. The Cowboys carried him on injured reserve last season. This season, he was one of the team’s final cuts and received a tryout with the Bears before re-signing with the Cowboys. Dallas released him on Oct. 23 and the Bears signed him.
The reports on Radway out of Dallas are promising. He is a big and strong receiver with great hands in traffic. His speed was one of his best assets, but according to those who have been watching his recovery, he just hasn’t been able to get that back quite yet ever since last year’s injury.
Putting him on the practice squad gives Radway a chance to recover from his injury and continue to develop into a NFL receiver. This is a very smart move considering Radway’s upside. If he’s able to get healthy, the Bears have another option in the passing game. In a corresponding move, the Bears released Joe Anderson from the practice squad.
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