PRO CAREER: Pro Bowl (2010) special teamer has appeared in 71 games with 7 starts at WR over first six NFL seasons with Atlanta (2007-11) and Chicago (2012)... Has recorded 815 punt return yards and a touchdown on 78 punt returns (10.4 ypr) and 3,127 kickoff return yards and a touchdown on 126 returns (24.8 ypr)... Has added 53 career special teams tackles… 3,942 total return yards are ninth in the NFL over the last six seasons… Has 26 receptions for 232 yards (8.9 ypr) and 2 touchdowns and 8 rushes for 53 yards… First player in Falcons history to record both a punt and kickoff return touchdown... In three career playoff contests, has 10 kickoff returns for 278 yards, including NFL playoff record 102-yard kickoff return touchdown in Divisional Round playoff game against Green Bay (1/15/11).
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2010 - Pro Bowl, All-NFL Team (Pro Football Weekly), NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 13 at Tampa Bay).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Atlanta as an undrafted free agent (5/1/07)... Released by Falcons (9/3/07)... Signed to Atlanta’s practice squad (9/4/07)... Elevated to Falcons active roster (12/30/07)... Released by Atlanta (8/30/08)... Signed to Falcons practice squad (8/31/08)... Elevated to Atlanta’s active roster (11/19/08)... Signed 1-year deal with Falcons (7/30/11)... Signed 3-year contract with Chicago (3/15/12) as an unrestricted free agent. SIGNED through 2014
2012 SEASON: Appeared in 16 games with one start in first season with the Bears... Returned 13 kicks for 231 yards (17.8 avg)... Had 1 punt return for 0 yards and 1 FC... Added 12 STTs... Offensively, recorded 2 catches for 27 yards (13.5 avg)... Started as third WR at Minnesota (12/9). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED 16-1
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Appeared in all 16 contests for the Falcons with two starts, recording 315 punt return yards on 32 returns (9.8 ypr) and 563 kickoff return yards on 24 returns (23.5 ypr)... Added 12 special teams tackles and 11 receptions for 90 yards (8.2 ypr). 2010 - Named to first career Pro Bowl as a special teamer after compiling 1,100 yards and a touchdown on 40 kickoff returns (23.8 ypr), 230 yards and a touchdown on 18 punt returns (12.8 ypr) and a team-high 16 special teams tackles... One of two NFL players (Marc Mariani, Tennessee) to have both a punt and kickoff return touchdown... Added 6 receptions for 61 yards (10.1 ypr)... Established franchise record with 102-yard kickoff return touchdown at Tampa Bay (12/5)... Had NFL playoff record 102-yard kickoff return touchdown in Divisional Round playoff game against Green Bay (1/15)... In three playoff contests, had 10 kickoff returns for 278 yards and a touchdown. 2009 - Appeared in all 16 games and had career-high 1,214 kickoff return yards, which ranked eighth in NFL and fourth in NFC... Added 270 yards on 27 punt returns, 10 special teams tackles, six receptions for 50 yards (8.3 ypr) and two touchdowns and eight carries for 53 yards (6.6 ypc). 2008 - Appeared in six contests and had 3 special teams tackles, a 19-yard punt return and 4-yard reception... Spent first 11 weeks on Falcons practice squad. 2007 - Spent first 16 weeks of season on practice squad before being elevated to active roster and making NFL debut in Week 17 vs. SEA (12/30).
COLLEGE: Posted 178 receptions for 2,533 yards with 19 touchdowns in 42 games as a member of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats... Recorded career highs in catches (62), receiving yards (864) and touchdowns (nine) as a senior in 2006 and tallied the sixth-most touchdowns scored in a single season in MEAC history (10).
PERSONAL: Prepped at Seabreeze (Ormond Beach, FL) High School where he was named an all-state and all-area performer... Earned team MVP honors as a senior after collecting 97 tackles and two sacks as a defensive back... Participated in basketball and earned all-area honors by averaging 23.5 points per game with four steals and nine rebounds.
Wide receiver Eric Weems talks to ChicagoBears.com about the competition at kick/punt returner this season.
Highlights from the Bears' final week of OTAs.
Catch all the action on the Bears' sideline from their Monday night show down with the Dallas Cowboys in the frigid December weather.
A mix of players mic'd up during preseason games.