PRO CAREER: Played in 5 games for the Bears in 2012, starting the final 3 contests of the season at LG... Made NFL debut on December 2, 2012 versus Seattle and made first career start on December 16, 2012 versus Green Bay at LG... Spent first 10 weeks of 2012 season on Bears practice squad after joining the team in offseason as an undrafted rookie free agent.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as an undrafted free agent with Chicago (4/29/12)... Waived by Chicago (8/31/12)...
Signed to Bears practice squad (9/1/12)... Elevated to Chicago’s active roster (11/21/12). SIGNED THROUGH 2014
2012 SEASON: Played in 5 contests, including 3 starts at LG for Chicago... Made NFL debut in Week 13 vs. SEA (12/2)... Made first career NFL start in Week 15 vs. GB (12/16) at LG... Spent first 10 weeks of 2012 season on Bears practice squad before being elevated to active roster (11/21)... Inactive in Week 11 vs. MIN (11/25).
COLLEGE: A two-year starter at Troy... A first-team all-Sun Belt selection, started all 12 games at left tackle his senior year…
Graded out at 87 percent on the season with 878 snaps… Was penalized just two times while racking up a team-high 110 knockdown blocks… Started all 13 games at left tackle for the Trojans as a junior... Led the team with 66 knockdown blocks...
Attended Southwest Mississippi CC for two years... Named a second team All-Mississippi Junior College performer following his sophomore season.
PERSONAL: Was a two-time all-state selection in Class 2A while attending Amite County (MS) High School... Was considered to be one of the top offensive line prospects in Mississippi as a senior... Won 2005 Mississippi state weightlifting championship.
Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies five players to watch as the Bears kick off the third and final phase of their offseason program Monday by conducting the first of 10 OTA practices.
The Bears on Friday signed second-round draft pick Adam Shaheen, a tight end from Division II Ashland University, to a four-year contract.
Vic Fangio is convinced that Leonard Floyd will make a giant leap in his second NFL season if Floyd can avoid the nagging injuries that hampered him as a rookie.
The Bears hope that running back Tarik Cohen and safety Eddie Jackson contribute on their respective sides of the ball as rookies. But the fourth-round picks also could make an impact returning punts.