The Chicago Bears announced that they had made multiple list movessigning cornerback Jayson Stanley while placing veteran offensive lineman Dakota Dozier on injured reserve.
Dozier, a free agent acquisition who signed a one-year contract with the Bears this offseason, was competing for a spot at right guard before injuring his leg during team practice on June 14. He had to be carried off the pitch, and while an official diagnosis has yet to be revealed, it appears his injury is serious.
It’s a blow for Dozier, 31, who played just six games for the Minnesota Vikings last season, only play on special teams. He started all 16 games at left guard for the Vikings in 2020, and was expected to be a swing tackle for Chicago if he didn’t win the starting job at RT.
Stanley will fill Dozier’s spot on the roster, and while it will be an uphill battle for him to make the roster, he has an interesting past connection to current Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields.
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Stanley changed positions after college
Stanley spent four years playing wide receiver in college at Georgiawhere he was a teammate with Fields for a year in 2018. He played minimal, catching three passes for 32 yards and just one touchdown – which came on a pass from Fields:
Stanley went undrafted in 2019 and signed with the Atlanta Falcons, being released as part of the team’s final cuts after moving from WR to defensive back. He then had brief stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins before joining the Seattle Seahawks in April 2020.
He played eight games with the Seahawks that year, play on 59% of the team’s special teams snaps and only 1% of his defensive snaps, by reference Pro Football. After being released by Seattle, he had a cup of coffee with the Green Bay Packers at the end of the 2021 season. Now he will have the chance to compete for a spot on Chicago’s roster.
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The bears have currently loaded the CB Room
After drafting rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon in the second round of the draft this year, the Bears have filled a major need in the secondary, adding a potential young starter who may be able to play alongside third-year CB Jaylon Johnson for years to come.
With Gordon and Johnson the presumed starters left and right, it will likely be Kindle Vildor, Tavon Young and Thomas Graham Jr. behind them on the depth chart. Stanley will likely just be another body in camp, but he’ll have a chance to impress against BoPete Keyes, Duke Shelley, Lamar Jackson, Greg Stroman Jr. and Allie Green.
Given his special teams experience, that’s probably his window.
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