The Chicago Bears have made two roster additions on the day that the team moved into it's training camp facilities in Bourbonnais, according to a twitter release by the Chicago Bears. The Bears sent out a tweet that Chicago has inked slot cornerback Brandon Boykin and quarterback-turned-wide receiver B.J. Daniels.
The move brings Chicago up to the 90-man roster limit for the beginning of team pre-season activities, which kick off Thursday morning in Bourbonnais.
Boykin, 26, was drafted by Philadelphia out of Georgia in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, and played for the Eagles for three years before a trade sent him to Pittsburgh last season. While with the Eagles, during Philly's week 16 drubbing of the Bears, Boykin intercepted Jay Cutler and returned the ball for a 54-yard pick-6. Boykin was also instrumental in the week 17 Eagles win over the Cowboys, when he intercepted a Kyle Orton pass to seal both a divisional win.
Following the 2014 season, Boykin was traded to the Steelers for a conditional 5th-round draft choice. Pro Football Focus has Boykin's 2015 season with the Steelers rated as 38th overall out of the 111 corners to be ranked, one spot behind Kyle Fuller and well above any other Bear corners.
With his rookie contract expired, Boykin signed a one-year free-agent contract with Carolina in March, but he was released two months later. Rumors circulated around the league that Boykin had a health concern, and there was a lot of speculation about both the content of the rumors and the source.
Daniels, also 26, was drafted out of South Florida by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft. Daniels played quarterback in college, and following his release by the Niners in October of 2013, he was claimed off of waivers by the Seattle Seahawks. During his tenure with Seattle, the Seahawks converted him into a wide receiver. Daniels was waived in 2015 and signed shortly thereafter to Seattle's practice squad. He was again promoted to the active roster, but waived on December 15. The Houston Texans claimed the rights to Daniels, and he finished the season as a Texan.
In May, 2016, Daniels signed with the New York Giant who subsequently released him.
So what are your thoughts on these two roster moves? Do you see either of these players making an impact for the 2016 Chicago Bears?