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Meredith featured in 'Meet the Rookies'

The third of's four-part video series "Meet the Rookies" features undrafted free agent receiver Cameron Meredith, a Chicago area native who attended Illinois State.

Meredith is trying to earn a roster spot on his hometown team at a relatively new position, having switched from quarterback to receiver after three seasons at ISU.


Bears rookie Cameron Meredith reaches to catch a pass during practice at Halas Hall.
"All my life I always told myself driving down Lake Shore Drive that one day I'd be playing in [Soldier Field]," Meredith says. "The mind is a powerful thing and 19 or 20 years later I'm actually in the process of making that dream a reality."

"Meet the Rookies" chronicles the inspirational stories of four of the Bears' newest players. In addition to Meredith, the other rookies featured in the series include receiver Kevin White, center Hroniss Grasu and tackle Tayo Fabuluje.

"Meet the Rookies" is sponsored by Chicago Tribune digitalPLUS. The four segments will be shown on and the Chicago Bears Official Mobile App throughout June.

Meredith grew up in Westchester, Ill., a west suburb of Chicago. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball at St. Joseph's High, a school that has produced NBA stars Isiah Thomas and Evan Turner and former Bears tackle Andy Frederick, a member of the Super Bowl XX champions.

As a high school quarterback, Meredith passed for 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for over 400 yards and seven TDs as a senior. He remained a quarterback at Illinois State, redshirting as a freshman in 2010 and then playing sparingly in three games the next two seasons, throwing just five passes.

Meredith was switched to receiver in 2013 and he responded by leading the Redbirds in receiving with 370 yards and five touchdowns on 21 receptions. He then blossomed as a senior last year, leading Illinois State with 66 receptions and 1,061 yards with nine touchdowns.

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