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Bears named Top Fit for USFL Standout

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The USFL wraps up its inaugural season on July 3, and the Chicago Bears are being called upon to sign one of the young wide receivers who’s made a name for himself in the league.

Wideout Jonathan Adams Jr., who plays for the playoff-tied New Orleans Breakers, is currently fifth in the league for yards (398) and his three touchdowns are eighth according to Fox Sports. Part of the USFL’s top passing offense, Adams has had some stellar catches since the league’s revival began in April 2022.

Adams had caught passes from quarterback Kyle Sloter, who spent the latter part of the 2020 NFL season on the Bears practice team – and Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballantine thinks the Bears should bring Adams in to see if he can with the QB Justin Fields is swinging well sophomore year.

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“Adams was the most prolific player on a Breakers roster that also includes former NFL wide receiver Taywan Taylor and Ohio State product Johnnie Dixon,” Ballentine noted in his June 17 column.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Adams has proven to be a solid wideout when it comes to going up and getting jump balls, and his catching radius is good. Some of the grabs he’s made in his nine USFL games so far have been ridiculous:

Ian Hartitz of PFF called Adams the “best player in the USFL”.

Ballentine believes the inclusion of a man like Adams would give the Bears a big-bodied option for Fields, and he called Chicago a top fit for the young WR. “Adams received a 4th-5th round grade from the B/R scouting department in 2021, which set him up as a future role player,” Ballentine wrote. “He’s used his time with the Breakers to prove he can still live up to that projection. Adams could help any NFL team looking to add a big receiver with a contested catch to their arsenal.”

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Adams had 2,396 yards and 21 touchdowns in his four years at Arkansas State, averaging 13.9 yards per catch in 30 games played. He had his best senior season in 2020, catching 79 passes for 1,111 yards and scoring 12 goals in 10 games.

He signed with the Detroit Lions in 2020 after failing to be called up, but was released before training camp began that year. He was also suspended by the NFL for the first six games in 2021, and he has not mainstreamed anywhere throughout the season.

Adams was also a prolific basketball player, playing through his junior year at Arkansas State College. With that in mind, his time in the USFL can be seen as somewhat developmental as football has only been his sole focus for a few short years.

But would he go well with the bears?

The wideouts on Chicago’s roster over six feet are Equanimeous St. Brown (6’5″, 214 pounds), Tajae Sharpe (6’2″, 194 pounds) and Isaiah Coulter (6’2″, 198 pounds). It certainly wouldn’t hurt to give Adams a chance to fight this group for a spot on the roster or, more likely, on the practice team, where he could potentially develop and learn offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s system.

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