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Chicago Bears claim cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc from waivers

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The Bears claim the rookie cornerback from their weeklong preseason practice partners, the New England Patriots.

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LeBlanc intercepts a pass for Florida Atlantic.
LeBlanc intercepts a pass for Florida Atlantic.
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Cre'von LeBlanc is now a Chicago Bear.

LeBlanc was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 6, 2016. Per the Patriots player profile:

He was a four-year contributor on defense at cornerback and as a kickoff and punt returner. He posted 180 tackles, six INTs, and 23 pass defenses while returning 30 kickoffs for 671 yards and 8 punts for 38 yards.

Our very own EJ had this to say in Draft Bytes back in March:

If you want a player with better true CB skills than Cyrus Jones who can also add value as a returner (although not on Jones' level) you just have to look a little further south. Cre'von LeBlanc from Florida Atlantic is your guy. He's got better cover skills than Jones, and is an above average returner...but his small school profile means that he'll probably cost a full 1-2 rounds less in draft capital to acquire.

LeBlanc has the right tools to be a versatile player for the Chicago Bears, but don't take our word for it. Just two weeks he was PFF's #1 undrafted free agent to watch. Chicago clearly got a good look at him during joint practices a few weeks ago, and must have been impressed with what he did. Based on his skillset and history, look for him to get a chance to contribute sooner rather than later.