As sports fans, we love a great story. Well, this year in Chicago Bears training camp there could be one in the making.
The Bears brought in several undrafted free agents to camp this year, and one in particular is standing out to the coaches as of late. Former Iowa State wide receiver Josh Lenz has been making some strides in practice and is impressing everyone watching.
Friday, he continued his habit of working hard and made plenty of great catches. His route running has been pretty solid so far and his hands have been consistent.
One particular play even drew some significant praise from All Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Toward the end of practice, Lenz made a catch where his arms were extended to the fullest and he had a defender on his back. He reeled it in, shed the tackler and raced down the field for a score.
While Lenz was on his way back to the huddle, Marshall came out from the sideline onto the field to give the rookie some props. You can tell the veteran is excited to see the young guys succeed.
During his final year with the Cyclones, Lenz caught 31 passes for 459 yards and six touchdowns. It’s nothing too spectacular, but the coaches must have seen his work ethic along the lines and thought he would be a great addition to training camp.
It is still very much a long shot that Lenz makes the team, but if he keeps this up he could be on his way to an NFL practice squad. Beyond that, it’s all up to how he takes advantage of — hopefully — more rare opportunities in the future.