Continuing our look at some of the players on the Bears roster that may be going unnoticed as we head into training camp. Under the microscope this time; rookie wide receiver Joe Anderson.
Out of Texas Southern University, Anderson arrived at Chicago's mini camp as an undrafted free agent. Several days later he was signed to a three year deal, so he must have impressed Lovie Smith and the rest of the Bears coaching staff.
Listed at 6'1 and 196 lbs, he may be a little on the small side, and he finds himself amongst a very crowded group of receivers. It's unlikely he will see much playing time, but he has the opportunity to learn from players such as Earl Bennett, Devin Hester and Brandon Marshall, so lets hope he soaks it all up on his way to becoming a good prospect, moving forward.
In his senior year at Texas Southern Anderson racked up 47 receptions for 638 yards and scored four touchdowns. He also had 16 career kickoff returns for 289 yards, averaging just over 18 yards per return, which isn't too bad.
Like I said, it's doubtful he finds himself catching passes from Cutler this season, but he might be able to contribute on special teams, and he could well be one to look out for in the future.