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Weems ‘shows us a lot’ in debut

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 23, 2012 – 4:47 pm

After watching Eric Weems excel on special teams with the Falcons the last five seasons, Dave Toub was happy to see the 5-9, 195-pounder make his Bears debut Saturday night against the Redskins.

“I knew what he can do, but it was good to see it on our team making plays for us,” said the Bears special teams coordinator. “That was impressive I thought.”

Weems played against the Redskins after sitting out the preseason opener versus the Broncos with an ankle injury.

“He did really good,” Toub said. “He had the sprained ankle the first week, but it was good to see him out there. He’s still not even 100 percent and he showed us a lot.”

In five seasons with the Falcons, 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.

The Bethune-Cookman product was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and returned a kickoff 102 yards for a TD in a 2011 playoff game against the Packers.

“He is going to be a four-phase player,” Toub said. “He is going to be a starting gunner for us. He also will play on kick return. Either he is going to be the kick returner or maybe on the front line or the off returner. But we’re expecting him to play all four phases for us.”

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