During the first few days of training camp, Williams has displayed the same athleticism and explosiveness on the football field as both a receiver and return specialist. The former CFL star stood out in Sunday's practice, making several catches in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
|Receiver Chris Williams prepares to catch a pass during practice in Bourbonnais.|
The Bears signed Williams prior to last year's season finale off the Saints' practice squad. Before joining New Orleans last October, he spent three seasons north of the border with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, setting a CFL record with six return touchdowns in 2012.
"The guy can really run," said Bears special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. "He's got experience catching balls. Even though it was in Canada, it was in game-like situations at a professional level, so that's good. That beats a rookie in my opinion. We'll see how he does when we get to the preseason games. So far I've liked what I've seen from him."
Williams played four seasons at New Mexico State. After setting school records in 2006 with 92 receptions and 1,425 yards, he was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is presented to the nation's top receiver.
Williams originally entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the Dolphins. He also spent time on the Browns' practice squad before heading to the CFL in 2010.
As Williams attempts to earn a roster spot with the Bears, he insists he isn't feeling any pressure.
"There's no pressure about anything right now," Williams said. "Right now it's just about grinding it out and getting better every play and every step."