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Weems preparing to make Bears debut

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 16, 2012 – 6:31 pm

After missing part of training camp and the preseason opener with an ankle injury, receiver Eric Weems is healthy and excited about playing in Saturday night’s game against the Redskins.

“I’m just going to go out and play football; what I’ve been blessed to do all my years in the NFL,” said Weems, who signed with the Bears in March after spending his first five seasons with the Falcons from 2007-10. “I’m just going to go out and play football and everything will take care of itself.

“I feel good. The coaches gave me some time to get right and I feel like I’m good to go and ready to perform.”

Weems caught 24 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in 55 career games with the Falcons. He also excelled on special teams, earning a Pro Bowl nomination in 2010. In five seasons Weems recorded 41 special-teams tackles and averaged 25.6 yards on 113 kickoff returns with one touchdown and 10.6 yards on 77 punt returns with one TD. 

In addition, he returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown in a 2011 playoff game against the Packers.

Among other roles, Weems is expected to serve as a gunner on punt coverage this season.

“The key is to beat the man in front of you,” he said. “You’ve got to have a lot of skill to do that, to beat two guys at one time. You’ve just got to be patient and once you see an opportunity you’ve got to go because the window of opportunity of beating two guys opens and closes right away.”


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