As an unheralded second-year pro, safety Anthony Walters looks at every preseason game as another chance to prove he deserves a spot on the Bears’ 53-man roster.
“I came in undrafted, so you never know what’s going to happen,” Walters said Monday. “Every opportunity I have I try to take advantage of and I’ve had a couple since I’ve been here.”
Walters joined the Bears as an undrafted free agent from Delaware in 2011. After spending the first five weeks of the season on the practice squad, he was promoted to the 53-man roster. The 6-1, 207-pounder recorded one special teams tackle in four games before being placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Walters appears to be the fourth safety on the depth chart behind starters Chris Conte and Major Wright and top reserve Craig Steltz. Rookie Brandon Hardin was placed on injured reserve Sunday, seemingly enhancing Walters’ odds of earning a roster spot. But with final cuts looming Friday, he isn’t planning on buying green bananas.
“They haven’t really said anything about it,” Walters said. “I don’t have an apartment yet, I’ll tell you that. I’m just still living where they pay for it. I’m not really sure.”
Walters preserved last Friday night’s preseason win over the Giants by deflecting a David Carr pass to teammate Isaiah Frey, who intercepted the ball in the end zone with 1:06 remaining. Walters has also been contributing on special teams, a necessity for most non-starters.
“If you want to make the roster, it’ll be through special teams,” Walters said. “I learned that last year, and right now special teams are just as important as defense.”
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