The Chicago Bears added a few reinforcements to the linebacker.
The Bears added pass rusher Sam Kamara to their 53-man squad after injuring linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu at the end of the season, as first reported by Tom Pelissero on October 12th. The move was confirmed when the waiver hit later in the day.
The Bears also signed LB Rashad Smith to the training team after seeing kicker Brian Johnson poached from the New Orleans Saints. Smith landed on the Chicago training team last season before also serving on the active squads of the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. He landed back with the Bears on the PS this season and was released on October 5th before being re-signed in Week 6, where he will take the place vacated by Johnson.
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Kamara, who attended Stony Brook from 2016 to 2020, played 41 college games and collected a total of 110 tackles (24 for loss), 15 sacks, and two forced fumbles. The Bears saw something they liked about him, and after a strong pre-season performance that year, he made the training roster. Kamara counted six tackles, three quarterback hits, and a sack in his three preseason appearances.
“I’m excited to be a bear. However, I felt like I was being overlooked by the other teams. It was like I wasn’t one of them, ”Kamara said of My Central Jersey’s Marcus Borden after the NFL draft.
Now he has the chance to show that he belongs. Kamara is versatile enough to play as both an edge rusher and an outside linebacker. Even as a DL he was able to rush the passer-by off the line. Without attaochu, OLB is a safe choice, but its versatility is a definite asset.
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With Attaochu out for the year, Trevis Gipson will get an opportunity to shine in the second year. As a result, Kamara is likely to see limited snapshots, but it’s telling that the Bears chose to roll with Kamara over former Virginia standout Charles Snowden, who also formed the Bears’ 16-player training team.
Snowden was one of the most acclaimed UDFA newcomers to the Bears this off-season, but Kamara’s suppleness on the line coupled with his hard work clearly impressed Chicago’s coach.
Kamara said outside linebacker trainer Bill Shuey was impressed with his willingness to learn the edge pass rush position, which also requires him to fall into coverage. Kamara was quick to point out that he would play wherever the coaches demand it so that he could form the team, ”Borden reported in May 2021.
Now, Kamara is getting the chance he has always dreamed of and his first game will be a big one when the Bears host the NFC North leading Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field Week 6.
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